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Chrysanthemum - Max Riley
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Chrysanthemum - Max Riley

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NCS Classification:-

Section 23b - Incurved Decorative

Cultural notes


Cutting material:
From week 1 onwards, water then place previously boxed stools on hot bed set to maintain a soil temperature of around 15C.

Cuttings:
Take 50-60mm long cuttings from week 4 onwards. Remove bottom leaves to expose approx 20-30mm of stem then insert into an equal parts by volume Peat/sand compost. (Hormone rooting powder/liquid is optional) place on hotbed maintaining a soil temperature of 15C.

Potting on:
Cuttings should take approx 2-3 weeks to root, then it is time to pot them up into 70mm pots of potting compost.(equiv J.I.1)

Harden off:
Place rooted cuttings in cold frame approx one week after initial potting up.

Potting up:
In approx 4-5 weeks from first potting up, pot up plants into 125mm pots containing potting compost.
(equiv J.I.2)

Plant out:
In pre-prepared beds 450mm apart (minimum) each way inserting a 1200mm cane along side and tie in.

Stopping:
Is best carried out over a three or four week period and completed by week 18. Stopping is done by nipping out the first 25mm of the growing tip (crown) to encourage bushy plant growth.

Debranching:
Depending on variety and flower size required, plants should be debranched from week 26 to leave 3-4 stems per plant.

Disbudding:
From week 26 all but one of the buds should be removed, leaving one bud per stem (crown bud) this procedure is known as securing the bud.

Lifting/Storing:
After flowering, plants should be cut down to 100-150mm above soil level, lifted, and placed in boxes or trays of potting compost and stored in a frost free place until required. It is advantageous to remove all basal growth from around the base of the plant to induce a dormant period and any risk from botrytis.



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