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    I ordered a few single spray chrysanthemums from chrysanthemums direct on saturday. They arrived today by post. I am very impressed with both the quality of the plants and the quick service. I will be buying from them again in the future and would recommend them to others.
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    Attachment 56846Attachment 56846Well, I'm not sure how I'm doing! I stopped on the dates recommended. Some have 3 breaks, a few have two and one of them has quite a few. Though most have put on good growth - I've a couple that aren't that big. Feeling a bit lost though, as I really don't know what I'm doing.I need to get a book!
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    Looking good, Scarlet!

    Mine also have mostly 2 or 3 breaks, only a few have more than that. They look a bit more weatherbeaten than yours, I put them out a bit early...

    On over half my plants, the breaks are now long enough that they can be tied up. This time I'm doing it the fiddly way: one cane per break. But your way, Scarlet, with one cane per plant, has worked fine for me in the garden.

    I mentioned that one of my plants has made buds already. Here it is on the left of the picture: it's a bit short and a bit early but I've gone with it anyway and removed all the other buds. It might have been better to nip out the tops and let it grow on, but I'm new at this and didn't want to experiment when I only have the one plant of this variety. In retrospect I could have tried this with one or two of the breaks, but hey ho.

    The other plants are developing more normally, like the one that's right of centre in this pic.

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    I've got a lot of plants of one variety, that was originally labelled "Bloom Gold" in the reduced-to-clear section of the garden centre. I've been stopping a couple of plants every week since 27th March and just got to the end of the row this week. Just to see what happens. Interestingly there's no obvious difference in the development of the first 8 plants, cuttings taken on 19th Feb but stopped between 27th March and 23rd April. All of these plants are now forming crown buds on the breaks. So it looks to me like stopping date is pretty irrelevant, at least for this variety.

    The cuttings I took later (and stopped later) aren't forming buds yet.
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    I picked a chrysanthemum yesterday. It's from the plant that formed buds rather too early.
    The reason might be that the plant doesn't match the label. It's supposed to be a bronze flower "David Shoesmith" but it's actually pink.

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    Meanwhile the Bloom Gold are demonstrating that stopping between 27th March and 23rd April made no difference to the flowering date. The row nearest the camera were stopped in sequence from left to right:

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    I'll have a nice vase or two once they are fully open!
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    Oh, they look gorgeous Martin. I've flower buds on mine but I'm nowhere near flower stage. I particularly like that pink one

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    Hmm, being a complete novice at this, when is the last chance I can expect flowers? I've got flower buds on them all but only one has flowered so far. The others seem miles off.
    Martin, have you got any photos of yours?

    # reading your post above, I think I should have been taking some of the flower buds off
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    I didn't disbud mine and they are all top heavy and suffering for it. I only have one flowering but the majority of mine are late ones which will get moved back into the gh when there is space. Still very impressed with them though

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    I've got late ones as well, they have already been moved back into the GH but the earlier flowering varieties are planted in the one of my raised beds outside.

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