Shown here is one of the Mammoth™ Series of chrysanthemums. Developed in Minnesota, these plants result from crosses between C. x morifolium hybrids and the very hardy C. weyrichii. This results in tall, almost shrubby plants with single to semi-double flowers, interesting for the middle or even the back of the flowerbed. Do note though that these plants grow slowly, only gaining their final dimensions of about 110 cm x 150 cm in their third year. This series includes the full range of chrysanthemum colours. The Mammoth™ series was originally launched under the name 'My Favorite' and you may still see some of these plants sold under their former name.
This is the Mammoth™ ‘Red Daisy’ (formerly My Favorite™ ‘Autumn Red’.): Semi-double red with a yellow centre. It is making quite a show still in early Winter here in Melbourne. Heroic pruning keeps the plant neat and will ensure repeat blooming in a compact bushy plant. Chrysanthmums prefer full sun and become a bit thin even in light shade. Any garden soil is acceptable, but they prefer a rich, well-drained, slightly acid soil. Add compost or all-purpose fertiliser regularly as chrysanthemums are rather heavy feeders! Chrysanthemums have shallow root systems and won’t tolerate prolonged drought. From Spring right until Autumn, water thoroughly whenever the soil is dry to the touch. Divide in spring or take cuttings in early summer. Their seeds germinate readily, but are not true to type.
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Very pretty! Really chrysanthemum remind me about easter Asia... and I very like the smell of thier leaves.ReplyDelete
In my childhood I could spend hours in the flowershop...
Not many flowers can beat this one when it comes to color and beauty :)ReplyDelete
The photo with the Chrysanthmums is really great.ReplyDelete
Have a nice day
Nick, everyone loves Chrysanthemums. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I enjoy it ;)ReplyDelete
Wonderful color on the flowers! Is it pink or red? Thanks so much for doing this link up Nick, I always enjoy it so much and it is a long time you have hosted it.ReplyDelete
I grow one on the other side of the globe, and it is flowering too! Another colour, mine is salmon. Groetjes HettyReplyDelete
Such a vibrant color!ReplyDelete
Great photo. Wonderful colours.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting.