Chrysanthemum Autumn Song
What a charm these chrysanthemums are: autumn, and they bloom, as if nothing had happened, but so cheerful! Yellow, orange, white, pink, until the frosts they shine in the flower beds.
Chrysanthemums are drought tolerant and not afraid of autumn frosts. Bloom for almost two months. The buds open even after a temporary drop in temperature to minus 7 °. Moreover, with a gradual cooling, the stability and colorfulness of the flowers only increase.
Chrysanthemums are photophilous, in shaded places they stretch very much, lie down and bloom weakly. With good care, they can also be grown on infertile clay or sandy soils. I have been preparing a plot for chrysanthemums since autumn, digging it on a bayonet shovel, and I plant rooted cuttings in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed.
On mother plants I select healthy, plentifully flowering, typical for the variety bushes. In October-November, I plant them in pots or boxes and store them in the cellar, periodically watering so that the roots do not dry out.
I begin to cuttings in February-April. For one and a half to two weeks before the start of work, mother liquors are brought into the house. When the shoots reach 10-15 cm, cut the cuttings. I plant them to a depth of 2-3 cm in a mixture of sand, rotted manure and earth. I spray them with water twice a day. Moreover, they are almost all rooted.
© Mike Peel
If queen cells are left in the open ground for the winter, then you can “collect” cuttings even more, but young plants will bloom later. When the ground freezes, I warm the bushes with peat, humus, fallen leaves or tomato tops.