Garden plant of the month – September: (Potted) Chrysanthemum
(Potted) ‘mums’ background
The Garden Plant of the Month September is (potted) chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum). Chrysanthemum derives from the ancient Greek chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower) – so, goldflower. The most common colour ‘mums’ is yellow but the plant is now also to be found in autumn shades like orange, red and brown, or even pink, lilac and white. There are single and double varieties, but also chrysanthemums with ‘spoon’ shaped petals or ‘spidery’ petals. Such a huge choice!
Caring for (potted) mums
A (potted) chrysanthemum is a low maintenance plant that will flower from August into November. Pick a light spot, or in part shade or even full sun, the plant will soon transform into a colourful globe. Water your (potted) chrysanthemum regularly and don’t allow it to dry out. The ball shape often prevents rain water from falling on the soil, potted or otherwise, so do keep a good eye out. An abundantly flowering plant needs extra energy from somewhere so feed your (potted) chrysanthemum fortnightly. If you snip off overblown flowers regularly, you will be able to enjoy the flowering on your (potted) chrysanthemum for longer.
Pruning and keeping your (potted) chrysanthemum
Once your (potted) chrysanthemum has finished flowering, you can keep the plant and bring it indoors to flower again next year. Store your (potted) chrysanthemum frost free, yet cool (wrapping it will also suffice). Cut it back hard in early spring – right back to just a few inches above the soil. Stand it outdoors (or unwrap it) in March/April and once the days are light for longer than 12 hours, you will soon see new shoots appear. As the days begin to shorten again, your (potted) chrysanthemum will flower anew.Of course there are other garden plants that flower in the autumn. Take a look at our cyclamens, prunella vulgaris (self-heal) or our extensive collection of rose bushes.