Thursday, 1 May 2014


May 2014 flower of the month: Chrysanthemum

Originating in East Asia this plant has been growing in China for more than 2500 years! It is the National Flower of Japan and is a symbol of happiness and longevity. Chrysanthemums are in season here in Australia in the Autumn however, commercial growers can manipulate this by altering the amount of light they receive so they are available at other times in the year.

(Editor’s note, I must apologise for the image—it was all I had on hand. This little beauty is now in the ground, thriving, you ask? Perhaps not, the roos like to lay there too much, however it is still living—just goes to show how tough they are!)

They are synonymous with Mother’s Day and make popular gifts because of their longevity both in the vase and as a potted plant. These gifts of potted chrysanthemums last for several weeks indoors if they are watered when dry and kept in a well lit position. Removal of spent flowers and discoloured leaves keeps the plant looking fresh for many weeks. In the garden they require a full sun and well drained position.

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