I am looking for some help with my non flowering Chrysanthemums. Last year
we brought about 2 dozen 3" plants, from our local DIY store (homebase) and
planted then in windowsill trays. Come last summer, they grew to about 6"
and gave a full head of dark red flowers, and loked great. However, this
year we re-planted them into the garden boarders, in the hope of a similar
colourful display. But so far all they've done is grow & grow, to between
12-18" in hight, without any sign of buds, they are starting to take over,
and block out all the sun light from te other plants in the boarders.
Does anyone have any advice on what we've done wrong?
You have done nothing wrong. You were not to know that the plants
bought last year had been treated to flower early and smaller. These will
possibly bloom later but probably too late, without protection. They might
end up feet high!! Most likely quite worthless.~~ Sorry.
Best Wishes Brian.
Thanks for the reply.
Damn those home improvement stores!
I might pull them up now, if they are worthless. They are taking over
everything else, and stopping the light getting through, found a load of
yellow leaved bedding plants underneath them at the weekend :-(
As Brian said, they are late bloomers, and growers will sometimes manipulate
their light to make them look more saleable in the stores. You didn't
mention where you live, but here in upstate NY (zone 5/6, depending on
luck), they bloom in early September, and if dead flowers are removed,
they'll continue up until frost. Be patient, and give them some thick mulch
(straw, shredded bark) in the fall. They don't always survive the frost.
Here, they are more successful if planted near the house, where the
foundation warms up earlier than the rest of the yard.
We're in the UK, south-west. If this year is anything like last year, we
won't get the first frost until late October, (although who knows what's
going to happen with the current weather conditions), so maybe there is
still time for them to flower.
I can't remember what happened to them last year, whether we left them out
or put them in the garage. I seem to have this image of them still being on
the windowsills when we got the first snow in February. I think they either
rotted or got cut down to the stumps, but then started re-growing in early
Some of the best books about plants come from the UK, for obvious reasons.
You should buy some, or borrow some from the library. There's a lot to like
about mums, and methods (which involve) work for maximizing their blooming,
but you'll need to read about these things. It would be inappropriate for
anyone to type all of it here.
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