Chrysanthemum is a truly beautiful flower, so growing chrysanthemums in pots is becoming increasingly popular. Chrysanthemums do not require special care. They can be grown in greenhouses, gardens and at home. Chrysanthemum grown in a pot will allow you to admire this beautiful flower throughout the year. Once the chrysanthemum was considered a seasonal flower, but now you can see it blooming at any time of the year.
There are about 160 species of chrysanthemum. The beginning of the spread of chrysanthemums went from Japan, Korea, China and the Mediterranean. The Japanese especially esteem chrysanthemums, because in Japanese, chrysanthemum means "sun." In ancient times, the Japanese believed that the chrysanthemum is a sacred flower that brings joy and happiness to the house. Only members of the imperial house could wear chrysanthemums on clothes.
In order for a chrysanthemum in a pot to grow well, you need to properly care for it, observing all the necessary rules. Chrysanthemums are light-loving plants, so they are best grown on a windowsill. But you need to consider that chrysanthemums do not like direct sunlight. Chrysanthemums in pots reach about 30 cm in height, while ordinary plants can grow up to 120 cm.
Chrysanthemums in pots: how to properly care?
- Chrysanthemums in pots love moist soil, so it is recommended to water the flowers 3 times a week. Do not allow the soil to dry out so as not to ruin the plant. Also, avoid excessively wetting the soil so that the roots of the chrysanthemums in the pots do not rot.
- Chrysanthemums in pots should be sprayed at least 2 times a week to maintain the correct humidity around the chrysanthemums, while garden chrysanthemums do not tolerate water on the leaves. For spraying you need to use only separated water.
- Chrysanthemums in pots do not like heat. Comfortable temperature for them - 18 degrees. If the temperature exceeds 18 degrees, this does not mean that the plant will die. High temperature adversely affects only the leaves and buds of chrysanthemum. The flower buds wither and never blossom, and the leaves will begin to wither and turn yellow. To prevent this from happening, select the optimal place for chrysanthemum to grow in pots. It is better to give preference to a bright and not very hot room. Avoid direct sunlight on the leaves of the plant.
- Chrysanthemums in pots are plants of short daylight hours, so they begin to bloom in the fall when daylight hours are 9 hours. Until this time, chrysanthemums only form buds. If too many buds form on the plant, the chrysanthemum will bloom very finely. To form large flowers and speed up the time of flowering, remove small buds on the shoots, leaving only large ones.
- These are annual flowers, so after the end of flowering chrysanthemums are simply thrown away. If you want to save chrysanthemums for the next year, you must follow some rules. To do this, after flowering, cut the chrysanthemum and put it in a cool place (about 2 degrees). In the spring, when shoots appear, transplant in a new soil and place in fresh air.
- In the period of active growth, some gardeners are afraid to pluck plants, so instead of a beautiful flower, a long and inconspicuous stem is formed. Do not be afraid to form chrysanthemums in pots. The plant should have a sufficient number of shoots, otherwise, you will grow a normal straight trunk. During the period of active growth, feed chrysanthemums in pots with fertilizer for better growth.
If you follow all the necessary rules for the care of chrysanthemums in pots, you will grow a beautiful and healthy plant. It is easy to care for chrysanthemums, but they also need attention, then they will delight you with abundant and long flowering. It's so nice when the window sill is not just gathering dust or being used for a warehouse, and when beautiful plants are blooming on it!