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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresCulture and Germination - Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums
Family Asteraceae
Name Chrysanthemum Spp.

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Garland Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum Snowlands

This is a group of chrysanthemums grown for their daisy like flowers. Garland Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum coronarium) is edible and is grown as a vegetable.

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 Garland Chrysanthemum


Flower
Name Chrysanthemum coronarium

This hardy annual is usually grown a leaf vegetable. It has a subtle but distinct 'floral' flavour and is great stir fried with ginger or used in soup. Some say it is as delicious as spinach. It is a very good source of fiber, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and a good source of protein, niacin and zinc.

This plant is worth growing solely for the fragrant flowers that are yellow with a cream outer ring. In Spring, the flowers appear on tall stems, making it suitable for cutting. Garland Chrysanthemum self seeds readily and is a good addition to the cottage / wildflower garden.

Germination

Depth: Surface or to 5 mm.
When: In colder areas, Spring after the last frosts or in summer, autumn.
In warmer areas, Early spring or autumn.
Where: Direct where the plant should grow. Plant a few seeds and thin out to one plant later.
Be patient. The seeds take some time to germinate.

Culture

Plant on a well drained fertile soil, the same as you would for other leafy vegetable. Water and feed well to encourage quick succulent growths. It dislikes the heat and should only be grown in the cooler months. Hot weather causes it to go to seed.

This chrysanthemum self seeds freely and dead heads should be cut off before they scatter the seeds all over the vege garden. Dead heading also lengthens the flowering period.

 Chrysanthemum Snowlands


Bunch
Name Chrysanthemum paludosum "Snowlands"

This plant is usually smothered with 1 inch flowers that have pure white petals with yellow centres. It flowers pretty much through out the year. Growing to only 25 cm tall, it is suitable for pots.

Germination

Depth: To ¼ cm
When: Spring, autumn.
Where: Direct where it is to grow.
Germination is quick.


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