Chrysanthemum | Diana StokesRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
In the autumn garden, Chrysanthemums are a star performer that bloom prolifically long after other plants have called it quits for the season. A native of China and prized for over 2,000 years, the name “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words for gold (chrysos) and flower (anthos) and is often affectionately shortened to “mum.”
Diana Stokes is what is known as a quill chrysanthemum with long tubed shaped petals with curved ends. Chrysanthemums need at least 5 to 6 hours of sun daily to perform at their best. They are prone to powdery mildew so need to have good air circulation, the morning sun is needed to dry the dew on the leaves and in addition to this, they need good drainage. The plants are actually pretty tough but do benefit from a light and frequent feeding with a balanced fertiliser during their period of growth which is autumn.
When plants are about 15cm tall, pinch off the tips to encourage bushiness which will, in turn, encourage more flowers. Pinch back again when plants reach 30cm. Some gardeners pinch back every few weeks until January to encourage heavy autumn flowering. The last pinching out should be about 100 days before the desired bloom time if you are growing for an event.
After flowering, some gardeners cut them back to about 10cm tall and cover with a light, airy mulch or straw although this is not actually necessary but can tidy the plants up. Chrysanthemums can also be easily divided.
A fabulous cut flower that lasts so well in a vase, often for more than two weeks. Pick them when they two thirds to three-quarters open, be sure to strip all of the leaves off so they do not sit under the water line.
Plant size: PB2 - Equivalent of 1.2 litres