Garden Chrysanthemum: Flower of the Sun

Garden Chrysanthemum: Flower of the Sun

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Chrysanthemum is one of the most "large" representatives of the Astrov family. This grassy plant in nature has nearly three dozen annual and perennial species, and in the garden culture it is completely represented by hundreds of various varieties and varieties. The flower was cultivated already 2.5 millennia ago, and archaeologists have found confirmation of this. Confucius mentioned a bright sunny plant, it was sung by ancient poets and playwrights. And this is not surprising, because the chrysanthemum personifies the main luminary of the Earth - the Sun.

According to studies, a modern garden daisy appeared as a result of crossing small-flowered and large-flowered chrysanthemums from Japan and China, respectively. There is also a version that these sunny garden flowers appeared due to the crossing of Indian and Chinese subspecies of the plant.

Every lover of these charming multi-colored daisies can grow them on their site. Moreover, there are obvious prerequisites for this. Firstly, this culture blooms for a long time and is very magnificent. Secondly, it can play various roles in the flower garden due to its species diversity: you can plant chrysanthemums as mini-curb plants, as solo specimens, as a great addition to evergreens and even as a background decoration in a large flower garden.

You can fill the entire flower garden or garden with a chrysanthemum, and it would never occur to anyone to say that it looks boring or monotonous. And all because these daisies are large and small, terry or simple, plain or colorful. The color scheme of this culture does not contain a single brief description of the family, because it extends from snow-white to almost black! Chrysanthemums bloom in spring, summer and autumn. If cultivation is carried out in a conservatory or a greenhouse, then you can enjoy flowering all year round.

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Classification of Chrysanthemums

Despite the fact that the flower culture has been cultivated for a long time, there is no unified classification for this plant. There are several systems that are used to define a class:

  • Chinese includes 10 classes, which differ in terms of flowering, structure and size of flowers;
  • French and German almost completely repeat Chinese;
  • English distinguishes 15 classes that take into account, in addition to the timing of flowering and the structure of inflorescences, is wintering chrysanthemum or not;
  • the American system is similar to the English.

Chrysanthemums: Care and Reproduction

Types of chrysanthemums are determined by several signs, which do not always make it clear what plants or their inflorescences look like:

  • annual and perennial are distinguished by their ability to hibernate (variations - wintering and non-wintering, wintering in open ground or greenhouses);
  • in terms of flowering - early, middle and late (option - spring, summer, autumn);
  • by the structure and size of the bush - bushy and grassy, ‚Äč‚Äčlarge, medium and mini;
  • according to the size of inflorescences - large-flowered, medium-flowered and small-flowered (the second name of small-flowered chrysanthemums is Korean);
  • as inflorescences - terry, simple, semi-double.

In addition, chrysanthemums are divided into subspecies such as keeled, field (sowing) and crown.

Grow this culture under the power of most gardeners. Caring for flowers is easy enough, and with special care they will delight the eye with the brightness of colors all summer and autumn, up to severe frosts.

The most popular varieties: description and characteristics

There are several thousand varieties of chrysanthemums. There are very unusual combinations of shapes, sizes and colors of petals and branches of these charming relatives of daisies. Particularly beautiful and therefore popular varieties, the names of which are heard by many gardeners, are presented in the table.

Grade nameBush descriptionFlower descriptionFlowering timeOther characteristics
"Anastasia Green"Tall bush - up to 100 cm, dense, quite strongLarge, up to 25 cm in diameter, semi-double, with green needle-shaped petalsLate fall varietyPerennial appearance, tolerates winter well, requires light shelter
Zembla LilakTall (up to 90 cm) and dense bush with excellent branchingLarge terry inflorescences with wide petals. The color is pink. The diameter of the inflorescence reaches 20 cmAutumn gradePerennial wintering well in open ground. Can be transplanted into a container for winter flowering indoors in the late fall
"Splashes of champagne"Shrub medium-flowered variety, bush height reaches 70 cmInflorescences are pinkish-golden, with needle petals, diameter reaches 15 cmAutumn (starting in September)It hibernates well in open ground without shelter. Suitable for growing in Siberia, can be planted in containers and pots
"Pink Daisy"Compact fluffy plant up to 90 cm highPink simple inflorescences with a yellow center reach 8 cm in diameterFrom September to frostWintering well in the ground
"Multiflora"Medium-sized plant, which is characterized by a high density of spherical bushes, reaching a height of 70 cmSmall terry and semi-double inflorescences, a mixture of colors. The diameter of the inflorescences reaches 8 cmSince the beginning of augustVery long flowering, unpretentiousness, the ability to grow in one place up to 4 years. Suitable for cultivation in soil, in pots and containers, wintering well without shelter
AvignonLarge bushes with emerald greenery and excellent dense branching, up to 1.2 m highHuge balls with a pinkish tint with a diameter of at least 20 cmMid NovemberWinter hardiness and cold hardiness is average, it needs shelter or rooting in the basement / greenhouse. Suitable for the southern regions of Russia, as in Siberia and the middle lane often do not have time to bloom
RivardiTall (up to 1 m) bushes with straight stems and dense foliageLarge yellow bushy inflorescences, diameter reaches 20 cmLate autumn flowering, occurs in mid-November, lasts until frostHe tolerates winter well, does not need shelter
KokardaCompact jackets about 70 cm high with excellent branchingSimple white daisy inflorescences with a bright red center, diameter up to 3 cmEarlier flowering (from early June), lasts until SeptemberBeautiful undersized annual, not intended for wintering. It grows well in all latitudes.
"Tetra of comets"Tall erect bushes up to 1 m high, with densely leafy stemsSemi-terry single-headed inflorescences with a diameter of up to 5 cm, various colors (mixture)Flowering from early July to late autumnAn annual variety that can be grown in soil and in containers
SabaBeautiful dense bush up to half a meter highSemi-double inflorescences with a diameter of 10-20 cm with burgundy petals bordered by a narrow white stripeMid-late flowering, starting in mid-SeptemberPerennial that tolerates winter well. Grown as a pot or container culture

Use in landscape design

The use of chrysanthemums of various varieties and types opens up many perspectives for landscape designers.

Undersized species This culture perfectly fulfills the role of borders in gardens, park areas, flower beds and in individual artistic garden compositions.

Medium-sized varieties look advantageous with equal height flowers - balsam, cosmea, snapdragon and aster. In summer, when other plants bloom, chrysanthemums serve as a seal of the flower garden. In autumn, when daisies begin to bloom magnificently, other flyers already fall asleep or stop flowering. With the help of this flower culture, you can add a juicy bright note to the mixborder, shade the harsh beauty of the stone gardens, bring colors to the area decorated with conifers and lawn.

Cultivation: choice of place, conditions and planting technique

Chrysanthemums are very fond of the sun all day, except in the afternoon, when its rays can harm plants. Therefore, for growing this crop, places that are slightly covered from the sun by rare shrubs, a pergola or a sparse screen of climbing plants are suitable. Representatives of this genus are undemanding to soils, but they need well-drained soil - loose and breathable, but without excess sand.

The most successful cultivation of a culture of any variety is observed on nutritious loams with a neutral or slightly acidic reaction. It is important to completely exclude the entry of rotted manure into the soil: the asters cannot tolerate it! Most chrysanthemum tastes vermicompost derived from plant debris. It is allowed to add complex fertilizers to the soil for flowering plants several hours before planting.

Plants are recommended to be planted in the spring in the soil, warmed to a sufficient depth. Optimum dates can be determined by a simple method: at the dacha in different places (in the sun and in the shade), several pits should be dug at least 20 cm deep. If the soil in them is the same in temperature as on the ground and not too wet (does not hold dense lump), then you can safely dig beds and plant seedlings.

The best time to plant chrysanthemums is a cloudy or rainy day. In such weather, it is better to transplant seedlings or place seedlings in a permanent place. It is preferable to dig not holes, but trenches with a depth of not less than 20 cm. Already in them, previously spilled by Kornevin or other root formation stimulants, individual plants are placed.

The landing pattern may be as follows:

  • border and undersized varieties and species - 30 x 30 cm;
  • medium-sized and bush varieties and species - 30-35 x 40 cm;
  • tall varieties and species - 40-45 x 50 cm.

After planting, the plants are watered, pinch the growth point (you need to do this to stimulate branching) and cover the beds with non-woven material - lutrasil or the other lightest. They remove it after the plants show signs of growth: young leaves will appear on them, chrysanthemums will cease to fade.

As for transplanting perennial flowers, it is better to do this in the spring, before the rapid growth and formation of buds, once every three years.

Garden Chrysanthemum Care

Culture does not belong to the category of demanding or whimsical. For normal growth and flowering, she does not need so much:

  • timely watering;
  • periodic top dressing;
  • regular loosening and weeding.

Watering the plants is necessary only at the root, as otherwise spots will appear on the leaves and there will be a risk of infection of the bushes with fungal diseases. Water for irrigation should be settled at least a day or rain. Watering frequency - at least three times a week. At the same time, the amount of water should be 2 liters per tall plant, 1-1.5 liters per medium and short. Immediately after watering, the soil must be loosened and cleaned of weeds.

To reduce the amount of watering and restrain the growth of weeds, flower beds can be mulched with wood chips or sideraty mowed and sun-dried in the sun.

Chrysanthemums need to be fed at least once a month, alternating organic and mineral fertilizers:

  • the first feeding is carried out 4-6 weeks after planting with ammonium nitrate;
  • second feeding - 2-3 weeks after the first infusion of weeds with the addition of nitrogen fertilizers;
  • the third feeding is carried out 3-4 weeks after the previous phosphorus-potassium fertilizer with trace elements;
  • the fourth feeding is carried out after another 2-3 weeks with an infusion of herbs with the addition of potassium, phosphorus and bird droppings (in the form of fermented infusion);
  • subsequent dressings are performed with complex mineral fertilizer for garden flowers.

Important rule! It is better not to give plants nutrients, especially nitrogen, than to overfeed them to the detriment of flowering and preparation for winter.

Propagation of garden chrysanthemums

Plants can be propagated in several ways, each of which is applicable to certain types of garden chrysanthemums:

  • the seed method is ideal for annuals, for perennials it is used for breeding;
  • cuttings suitable for perennials;
  • division of the bush is used for the reproduction of perennials.

Chrysanthemum seeds can be planted in the ground or in seedlings. In the first case, sowing is carried out at the end of May, when the soil warms up. Seeds are placed in wells spilled with warm water for 3-5 pieces, lightly sprinkled with soil and covered with a film. A week later, when the shoots appear, the film cover is changed to non-woven material, and after the appearance of 2-4 real leaves on the seedlings, they are removed. After that, one plant is left in the wells, and the extra ones are transplanted to another place.

Cuttings are also carried out in the spring, but only when the bush releases strong enough shoots. To get high-quality planting material, you need to cut branches that grow from the root, but not lateral. The lower end of the cuttings is treated with a root stimulant and placed in a school with nutritious, loose and moist soil at an angle of 40-45 degrees. Within 2-3 weeks, it is recommended to keep the cuttings in bright light at a temperature of at least 15 degrees, and constantly moisten the soil. During this time, roots should appear on them. As soon as they grow to 3-5 cm, plants can be planted in a permanent place.

Spring transplantation of old (more than three years) chrysanthemums is an excellent occasion to divide the bush. To do this, plant rhizomes cleared from clods of soil are separated by secateurs, leaving several buds on each part. Immediately after this, they can be planted in a permanent place.

Chrysanthemums: Division and Planting

To grow charming multi-colored daisies, which sometimes do not at all resemble the appearance of their ancestors, is quite simple. Even with the most basic care, they will reward the grower with a riot of colors that will delight the eye until the first snow.

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