Indoor Plant for January: Chrysanthemum
Nothing says summer like beautiful mounds of brightly coloured mums!
Originating from eastern Asia, the common chrysanthemum has been cultivated for centuries (they were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC).
There are thousands of varieties available in a wide array of colours and floral forms. The garden mum is a long-time favourite for summer gardens, with its long-lasting, showy blossoms held above mounds of lustrous foliage.
Potted chrysanthemums are available all year round and they can be planted in the garden when flowering is over. This is a better long-term solution than trying to make these forced specimens last a second flowering period.
● Place in a high light area with no direct midday sun.
● In summer the plant needs to be kept thoroughly moist, which may mean watering it frequently. In winter, keep the compost moist.
● Feed with fertiliser each fortnight while the plant is in flower.