The Q&A Archives: Chrysanthemum Buds Won't Open

Question: I was given a beautiful pot of yellow chrysanthemums by a friend. There are many blossoms on the plant and they are yellow. They looked ready to open at any time, in fact were beginning to open, but they never did. Now they are looking wilty and past their prime, but they never opened fully. How do I get them to open?

Answer: There are a couple of fungal problems associated with chrysanthemums, and one causes flowers to die before they open. Since your plant is in a pot, it probably came from a greenhouse where air humidity is high (providing perfect conditions for fungal infections). On the other hand, the simple change of environment from nursery to your home may have set the plant back a bit. In either case, I'd snip the flowering stems down to remove the affected buds and to encourage healthy new stems to grow.
Hope your mum perks up soon!

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