The Q&A Archives: Chrystanthemums

Question: I have an indoor plant of chrysanthemums, recently the bottom petals of the flowers have begun to turn brown. I wasn't sure if this is a result of too little sun-light, too much water, or just the way the blooms begin to fade.

Answer: Gift plants like chrysanthemums and azaleas are usually grown under greenhouse conditions where they are carefully forced into bloom by the regulation of temperature and light. When you get them home, they'll perform for a while, but then will start to fade. This is because you can't duplicate the growing conditions in the average home, plus the plant has given its "all" to the initial blooming. You can try to plant the chrysanthemum outdoors where it may get back into a natural cycle of resting and blooming, or you can toss it and purchase a new plant for your indoors spot. Most forced chrysanthemum plants are discarded when they've finished blooming.

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