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    Any Chrysanthemum growers on here?

    I found some old threads (e.g. http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...mums_2350.html) but didn't recognise any of the names.

    This year I'm going to start growing early flowering chrysanths for cutting on the allotment. I used to do this on my last allotment (nearly 20 years ago now) but not since.

    However I have had a patch of some rather nice golden flowered intermediates in my back garden for the last couple of years. They have looked after themselves mostly; I let them break when they wanted to, put canes in when they flopped over, just some disbudding to make bigger flowers. This is they:

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    So this year I've lifted a couple of the stools with a view to taking enough cuttings to fill a bed on my allotment. I've also ordered five more varieties online (from Chrysanthemums Direct - good name, never bought from them before so we'll see), so that's five plants out of the 24 or so that I need to fill the bed. I just went for the largest flowered ones.

    I've got a rough idea what I'm doing but am FAR from being expert so I'd welcome any help.

    First question: Is there any benefit to giving the chrysanth stools a bit of warmth to encourage them to produce cuttings material a little earlier? I seem to remember I used to just leave them in the cold frame until they were ready, but maybe I could get bigger plants this way?
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    I know nothing about Chrysanthemums. In fact, when my Grand Mother used to grow them I thought they were old fashioned . I've now changed my mind! (Woman's prerogative ) I will follow this thread with interest, as my challenge to myself for 2015 is to grow some this year that I can use for cutting in arrangements.

    I'm really looking forward to the replies

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    I've just got an allotment, after a few years with no garden and have been surprised at how few chrysanthes are grown, I'd been hoping to beg a few starter stools but no luck so far - it's surprising as they are so rewarding in the garden and as a cut flower!
    Flowers do go in and out of fashion, it's the same with dahlias, when you're young they seem ordinary with older eyes you see how sensational they really are.
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    I'm looking to buy some too. I quite like the "Fantasy" flowers

    Chrysanthemums Direct - Growing instructions for Fantasy Varieties

    Martin, what did you order?
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    Sorry Martin I am a newbie to chrysanths as well. However any passed on knowledge would be great My MiL gave me some plug plants years ago and they got munched and gave up, so in my head I had written them of as difficult (by my standards) but would love to give them another go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    I'm looking to buy some too. I quite like the "Fantasy" flowers

    Chrysanthemums Direct - Growing instructions for Fantasy Varieties
    Yes, they look spectacular - but for now I'm just thinking allotment rather than greenhouse.

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    Martin, what did you order?
    I just bought four simple, early-flowering ones with big blooms. Mrs H's favorite colours are yellow and white, so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    My MiL gave me some plug plants years ago and they got munched and gave up
    Yes, the slugs and snails like them when they are young. Once they get up a bit and the lower stems go a bit woody they get better and they are only as much trouble as you want them to be. If you just leave them to "do their own thing" they will produce pretty flowers, they will just be later, more numerous and smaller than if you'd been more diligent.
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    Found it!

    "I'm sure I've got a book on growing Chrysanths somewhere", I thought to myself as I was waiting to go to sleep last night.

    And there it was, on the shelf right where it should be. I picked it up years ago in a second-hand bookshop in Brighton. It's called "Chrysanthemums for Amateur and Market Grower", by F.W. Allerton. It was published in 1949 (!) but I have the second impression published in 1950.

    Obviously some of it is going to be outdated (e.g. the introduction says at one point "Despite the fact that insecticidal practice has been entirely revolutionized by the coming of D.D.T...") I can't see how the principles of will have changed much.

    So I'm going to have a good read and see how much of it I can apply.

    I love old books.
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