Sunday, February 17, 2008

Chrysanthemum Flowers: Care for Chrysanthemums

From David Beaulieu,Your Guide to Landscaping.
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Taxonomy of Chrysanthemum Flowers:
Although formerly referred to as Dendranthema, plant taxonomy now classifies chrysanthemums under the genus, Chrysanthemum. This is a case where the scientific plant name has become a commonly used name. Other common names for chrysanthemums are based on the shortened version ("mums") of the genus name. Thus one will hear "hardy mums" ("garden mums"), the focus of this article, versus the less hardy "florist mums." Chrysanthemum is from the Greek, chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower).

Plant Type for Chrysanthemum Flowers:
Chrysanthemums are usually considered herbaceous perennials. However, if you wish to grow Chrysanthemum plants in your area as perennials, select an appropriate cultivar. Your local county extension can offer advice in this matter. A spring planting is best, giving the chrysanthemum flowers time to become established before winter.

Characteristics of Chrysanthemum Flowers:
Chrysanthemums come in a wide variety of colors, including white, off-white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, pink, lavender and purple. Mum plants can grow to be 2-3 feet high, depending on the cultivar and growing conditions. Chrysanthemums also come in many flower forms; that is, chrysanthemums are often grouped by the shape and arrangement of their petals. The most popular flower form is the "decorative," which is so packed with long, broad petals that you can hardly see its center.