The darkness of the night is pushed across the sky, tailed by a blur of pastel colours – this is how the night makes way for the dawn of a new day. It is this subtle changing of the world, the first rays of light, that signal to our bodies to rejoin the waking world. Sleep melts slowly away as the sun steadily climbs. The light’s power to persuade our bodies to participate in the world is so much like the reaction Chrysanthemums elicit in us, as the new year dawns.
Bursting with brightness and available in all shapes and sizes, Chrysanthemums potted will add a subtle but immensely powerful spark of life to a room. Their variety of colours, affordability, and easy care instructions make them an ideal and dependable option for anyone!
Caring for indoor Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums have long-lasting blooms, so enjoy them indoors while they flower and plant them in the garden thereafter. While you’re enjoying them indoors, take care of them using the following guidelines:
- Gentle light
Chrysanthemums enjoy lots of light but no direct sun. Keep them near a window so that they can enjoy the light that floods in. Early morning sunlight can be tolerated, if necessary.
- Medium temperatures
Chrysanthemums do well in the general temperature offered indoors. They prefer slightly cooler areas, 10 – 18?. Another reason to shield them from the sun – their flowering period can be extended in cooler areas.
- Water well
Chrysanthemums enjoy moist soil, so water them frequently. Twice per week should suffice, you can check by feeling the soil. It should never dry out completely.
- Feed well
Ensure your plant is well-fed. They enjoy a good dose of liquid fertiliser during their flowering season. Fertiliser can be given bimonthly, every two weeks.
What to expect from your Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums come in a variety of shapes and colours. They typically grow to 30cm in height. Select a space for them to grow into, as they may be slightly shorter at your time of purchase. Their spread will be about the same, bushing out to around 30cm.
Their flowering season is from spring through to autumn – giving you 3 seasons’ worth of beauty. After their flowering season is over, it is best to plant them in the garden. At the end of their flowering season, they will die back. Simply deadhead them and leave the stalks. The following spring, they will regrow and the entire bush will increase in size. This will continue each cycle until the bush reaches its maximum height and width.
The symbolic giving of Chrysanthemums
In some cultures, Chrysanthemums symbolise motherhood, rebirth, and life – the perfect gift for someone who has just had a baby. In Europe, Chrysanthemums are given to symbolise sympathy, while in America they represent honour.
The colour of the Chrysanthemum is also symbolic. Yellow Chrysanthemums represent neglect of love – or sorrow. White represents loyalty and devotion. Red, like roses, represents love. Love, longevity, and happiness are the emotions that are generally associated with Chrysanthemums – which is evident because that’s precisely the feeling they bring into the home!
How to present Chrysanthemums
Add a beautiful pot that blends with the theme of your decor. Often, a dark coloured stoneware look helps to accentuate the brightness of the flowers. If you struggle to commit to a colour of Chrysanthemums, pick a number of colours, there’s no need to choose – they’re fun and richly rewarding.
Happy indoor gardening!
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