The change from summer to autumn brings both windy, cold days and warm and gentle moments that can be enjoyed in a sheltered place in your garden or patio. With chrysanthemums, you can enjoy autumn both indoors and outdoors
The chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum) has been a valued plant in the orient from time immemorial, where in those days it was an autumn culture that flourished best when the days were short.
Chrysanthemum to suit every taste
Danish horticultural nurseries are known for their wide selection of chrysanthemums - in 2009, they produced 3.7 million. Surveys have shown that the most popular varieties in Northern Europe are the single-flowering types in white, pink and purple, while consumers in Eastern European markets tend to look for varieties with full flowering heads. In southern Europe the preference is for single-flowering varieties with white, yellow or pink flowers.
New, intense colours and colour combinations are constantly appearing. Two completely new and exciting varieties in the colour palette right now are for example 'Crystal Ruby', with its twin velvety red petals that invariably make you want to touch the flower, and 'Mount Joy', which has tubular flowers that fade from delicate white into lime.
Autumn on the way
Although nowadays you can obtain chrysanthemums all year round which will match your home and its colours, it is still typically in the autumn that the familiar, colourful flower heads freshen up our rooms and bring new life to the pots on the patio.
Chrysanthemums are also often used in entrance halls, where they provide a daily source of pleasure as you come and go, and help to give your guests a warm welcome. Last but not least, they provide a valuable extension of the flower season; chrysanthemums are highly durable plants that will bloom until the frost sets in.
How to look after chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums with buds, where the colour can be seen, will bloom for up to four weeks, and the plant does not require much care. It should be watered well, but can be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. The plant prefers a bright location, but not in direct sunlight. It keeps longest in a cool location. Remove any withered flowers. Fertiliser is not required.