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Chrysanthemums: How Much Do You Know About Your ‘Mums?

Chrysanthemums: How Much Do You Know About Your ‘Mums?

Chrysanthemums are a forgiving flower and have a good vase life. Even still, it’s handy to know these little tricks to keep them vibrant for longer. There are incredibly over 3000 varieties of  mums. The more common types are Daisies, Polaris and Disbuds.

Daisy chrysanthemums are by far the most popular of the group. Their flatter flower, disbuds that resemble pom-poms, and polaris make them a fresh and bright option as a gift.

Chrysanthemums: 7 Tips To Look After Your ‘Mums

  1. Ensure your vase or vessel is very clean.
  2. Chrysanthemums have a woody stem, so you need to help them absorb water. Before placing them in a clean vase, trim 2 to 5 cm off the stem base at a sharp angle. Every few days, trim 1 cm off the stem to aid water absorption.
  3. Place flowers in clean tepid water, enough for them not to go dry quickly- about half the vase full.
  4. Strip leaves that would be below the water line.
  5. Remove leaves from the stem when they start to droop.
  6. Change the water regularly.
  7. For a maximum vase life and display, don’t mix chrysanthemums with other flowers. They release a chemical called ethylene, which may cause other flowers to wilt quickly

Written by Robyn Foyster

With over 30 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites, and

Robyn was voted one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.

Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia's three biggest flagship magazine brands - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea.

Robyn won Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women's Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia's best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA's coveted Magazine of the Year award.

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