Saturday, September 22, 2007

WHERE TO GROW CHRYSANTHEMUMS

WHERE TO GROW CHRYSANTHEMUMS

This article is from the Beginners Handbook.
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When selecting a good location to grow chrysanthemums, a number of things should be considered.

SUNSHINE

The chrysanthemum does best in full sun. All of us do not always have a location where full sunshine can be provided. In most places, five to six hours will be sufficient to produce a healthy plant. When a choice exists between early morning sun and afternoon sun, select the morning sun. There, early drying will help to avoid mildew and other diseases. This effect is usually helpful to most plants.

DRAINAGE

Another condition to be considered in site selection is water drainage. Since chrysanthemums require good drainage, a low, level site in which rain collects should be avoided. When higher ground fails to drain well, all is not hopeless. The solution is to construct raised beds. Pressure treated wood, nominal 2 inch by eight inch is most satisfactory and readily available. After the bed is so outlined it should then be filled with suitable soil.

NIGHT LIGHTS

There are still other conditions which influence the selection of a location for chrysanthemum planting. One undesirable influence is the presence of a street or other light source at night. As will be explained later in more detail, light at night serves to delay the bloom date.

ROOT COMPETITION

When possible, beds should be located at a sufficient distance from larger plants to avoid extensive root competition. When root competition cannot be avoided, a barrier may be considered. Barriers may be open ditches or underground walls of metal, masonry, or lumber. Walls or barriers eight to twelve inches deep will usually prove to be sufficient.

AIR DRAINAGE

Finally, consideration should be given to a factor of which few people are aware. This factor is air drainage. Air flows in the same manner as water. Heavier cold air flows downhill while lighter warm air rises. Plants should be located away from walls or obstructions which would hinder air flow. Air movement helps to dry moist foliage and thus reduces development of mildew. Air flow also provides a cooling effect

NO YARD AT ALL

With limited yard or no yard at all, chrysanthemums can be grown successfully in containers. With containers, the soil can be formulated for good drainage and the containers can be moved to provide maximum sunlight and protection from the elements.

article reprinted from theNational Chrysanthemums Society

3 comments:

wildcatsthree said...

Great post on fall gardening "Granny". It's easy to ignore our gardens and yards this time of year, and we need reminders.

Liara Covert said...

Gardens are simply fascinating places. Since moving to Australia, many of the plants and flowers in my new garden remain foreign to me. I like botanical and other public gardens where little name plates tell us what we're looking at. I read books and yet, the varieties can be daunting. It would be nice to find a book that magically opens to tell me what some of my vegetation is! Better still, I would be very happy to discover some talking plants with knowledge of local vegetation.

steven wilson said...

Thanks for your comments they are much appreciated here.
Steven

liara
try to find an older local there to help you out.