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    I planted six mixed chrysanthemums that I bought from Morrisons in the spring. The idea was to give me some cut flowers for late summer or autumn.

    The plants look very healthy and were stopped before I bought them, giving four to five main stems per plant

    They are approximately 18" tall but have no sign of flowers. Have I bought late flowering chrysanthemums by mistake?

    Years ago, I used to grow late flowering chrysanths in pots to put into my greenhouse after the tomato plants were out but I have put these into my allotment beds thinking they were early flowering

    Any feedback would be appreciated

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    Woundn't have thought so Snadger, you say they were stopped before you bought them though thats the strange bit. Most of my sprays are stopped around the 20th May give or take a few days & I'd expect them to be flowering any time now. I've some cushion mums that I've got in pots that I was hoping to have in flower in the next week or so but as yet they haven't done anything. They could be October flowering varieties something like the Margaret family & they only grow about 2' ish with me.

    If they turn out to be late varieties of sprays all is not lost you can still save the stools & take cuttings next year but if you cover them with black plastic for 3 weeks for 12 hours a day you'll have flowers I know as I've got 30 in my greenhouse at the moment

    The ones you've got will still flower outside & the colour will be better as they are cooler If you can rig a temporary cover over them it would be good.
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    Many thanks ntg, I think I'll wait a bit until frost is iminent and if there is no movement by then I will rig up a temporary cover with canes and plastic sheeting. Cheers

    PS I thought it was strange that they had been stopped when I bought them, it even crossed my mind that someone in the shop had nipped them off or someone had done it out of spite!

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    What you could do Snadger is dig them up with a big root ball & pot them up & move into the greenhouse come October time. My dad used to do that mind you, you need some Bl**dy big pots sometimes
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    My Chrysanthemums are just in bud, can't wait for them to flower as I haven't grown them before. Spectacular height at 2 metres - never grown a flower as tall as that here. I prepared a bed for cut flowers this year and I think it is very sheltered, unlike the rest of the garden.

    Nick - what is the stool? Sorry to ask a silly question!

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    Not silly at all JA.

    The stool is the root system after it has flowered and that you dig up. You trim the roots back & pot it up in frest compost & then give it some heat &water and it throws new shoots from underground (stollons I think thy're called) these are what you take cuttings off. they look sort of like this,

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    All is not lost as I think I spy some flower buds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JennieAtkinson View Post
    My Chrysanthemums are just in bud, can't wait for them to flower as I haven't grown them before. Spectacular height at 2 metres - never grown a flower as tall as that here. I prepared a bed for cut flowers this year and I think it is very sheltered, unlike the rest of the garden.

    Nick - what is the stool? Sorry to ask a silly question!
    Is 2 metres normal for chrysanths?

    Hope you have some deep vases! Lol

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