Perennial Flower Information
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and November are the months which marshal in the Chrysanthemums
and if these months be cold and rainy, the flowers do
not develop well, but if the days are warm and the nights
frosty, but not freezing, these flowers are in the height
of their glory.
the budding Springtime,
All through the Summer's heat,
All through the Autumn's glory,
They hide their blossoms sweet.
the earth is lonely,
And the bitter north winds blow,
With a smile of cheer for the dear old year,
The lovely Christ flowers blow."
are now listing certain varieties such as Cranfordia,
Normandie, Ruth Cumrning, Mme. August Nonin and Eden,
which are known as early flowering varieties. One is
more apt to get blooms before freezing weather when
these sorts are grown. Some of the earlier Pompons of
the florists are hardy but only bloom early enough in
the most favorable years. Such varieties as Lillian
Doty, Garza, Golden Climax, Zenobia and Tiber belong
to this group. It is suggested that for the most northern
gardens principally the earliest sorts be chosen, for
it is a great disappointment to have the buds freeze
just as they start to open. However, the Pompon group
will actually stand more real freezing than the early
Chrysanthemums will grow in any garden soil that is
rich enough, for they are gross feeders. Buy plants
in early Spring or divide old plants and reset each
Spring, otherwise, they will become too crowded and
impoverish the soil. Extra large blooms may be produced
by feeding with liquid manure when the buds appear.
Larger flowers may be secured by pinching off most of
the smaller buds on each stem. When the plants make
too rank a growth early in the season they may be cut
back to cause them to branch and become more compact.
If the plants are thoroughly soaked with water once
or twice a week during the hot Summer, they will please
us by producing better buds and flowers.
the plants during the Fall rains and from the frost
with a canvas covering. Chrysanthemums have to be supported
by tying to stakes or to wires stretched horizontally
above the bed. Cover with a light mulch during the Winter.
The mulch should be more of the nature of a sun shade
rather than a warm covering. It is easy to suffocate
are frequently troubled with mildew which can be prevented
from spreading by dusting with sulphur early in the
morning when the dew is on the plants. Plants affected
with lice should be sprayed every few days with Black
leaf 40 or some other tobacco extract until the bugs
are all killed.
The simplest method of increasing the number of plants
is to divide them in Spring. One can make cuttings,
however, of the tops of the growing plants
on 75+ Perennials