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Chrysanthemums Direct, Holmes Chapel Road, Over Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 9RA

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General Growing Instructions

Growing On


Plant out 30 - 45cms (12" - 18") apart and stake immediately with bamboo canes. Tie carefully to avoid damaging the stem. Water thoroughly. Do not water again until the plants have almost dried out. Plants grown outside require fertile, well-drained soil and full sun. If growing in pots, use a good quality compost, such as John Innes No. 3. Keep the ground clear of weeds and continue to tie in, as the plants grow. Water regularly, especially in hot, dry weather, but be careful not to over-water. Feed weekly with our tried and tested fertilizer, click here for more information.

Pinching Out

Pinching Out

A Chrysanthemum plant, when left to grow naturally, will continue to grow taller until a terminal bud is formed at the tip of the main stem. Side-shoots will then form in the leaf axils. Pinching out, or stopping, is purely a way of hastening the formation of these side-shoots. Simply remove the tip of the plant, leaving 4 - 5 leaves. If, at the time of pinching out, there is any sign of a terminal bud, it is essential to remove a large piece of the plant, sometimes over half.

Disbudding

Disbudding

To produce large flowers, it is essential that each flower stem should be disbudded. This consists of removing all buds and side-shoots, just leaving the terminal (top) bud. Remove side-shoots when they are about 2cms (¾") long. To produce a spray, do the opposite, remove the terminal bud and leave all the side buds.