Chrysanthemum | Pretty In Pink
Pretty in Pink is a small flowered Chrysanthemum that actually opens looking as if it will be a soft peach colour but as it ages it takes on its pretty pale pink shades. Flowers are about 5cm in diameter. These plants are reasonable tall and we grow them amongst other plants in the garden so that they can lean up against them with their pretty flowers popping through. Chrysanthemums are definitely back in fashion and this one is no exception!
Chrysanthemums need at least 5 to 6 hours of sun daily to perform at their best. They are prone to powdery mildew so need to have good air circulation, the morning sun is needed to dry the dew on the leaves and in addition to this, they need good drainage. The plants are actually pretty tough but do benefit from a light and frequent feeding with a balanced fertiliser during their period of growth which is autumn.
When plants are about 15cm tall, pinch off the tips to encourage bushiness which will, in turn, encourage more flowers. Pinch back again when plants reach 30cm. Some gardeners pinch back every few weeks until January to encourage heavy autumn flowering. The last pinching out should be about 100 days before the desired bloom time if you are growing for an event.
After flowering, some gardeners cut them back to about 10cm tall and cover with a light, airy mulch or straw although this is not actually necessary but can tidy the plants up. Chrysanthemums can also be easily divided.
A fabulous cut flower that lasts so well in a vase, often for more than two weeks. Pick them when they two thirds to three-quarters open, be sure to strip all of the leaves off so they do not sit under the waterline.
Height to about 1 metre approximately
Pot Size: 1 Litre