Real World Gardener Chrysanthemum Belgian Hybrid is Plant of the Week

April 22nd, 2015

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


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with Jeremy Critchley and Karen Smith



From tiny pompoms to huge balls in shades of bronze, purple, orange, red and yellow, the ubiquitous chrysanthemum is an autumn garden's saving grace.

A member of the Asteraceae family, the chrysanthemum is native to China and was introduced to Europe in 1688.

Are you buying the right ‘mums’ for your garden?


Chrysanthemums are photoperiodic, meaning they naturally flower in response to short days and long nights—in other words, in the Autumn, they start to flower five to seven weeks after short days begin.

Belgian mums produce so many flower buds that if you tried to count them on these plants, you most likely would need a calculator.


Many have upwards of 600 buds ready to open.

Plus an exceptional feature of the Belgian mum is its durability.

Chrysanthemums come in thousands of colours, flower shapes and sizes, not just pink.

If you want to have the really large flowers you need to disbud them.

Put simply, that means at the bud stage, remove all but one bud that are growing in a cluster. This is similar to disbudding in camellia flowers.

That way, all the energy of the plant is put into those single buds giving you a large bloom.



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