crysthamums and crotons - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by hughesmarcia
October 8, 2010
Just bought some of the above plants from Home Depot, how do I care for them (i.e. watering, etc.) not real full need something going for them. Help

Answer from NGA
October 8, 2010
Chrysanthemums are usually in their glory from October through early December. They need full sunshine, well draining soil and water on a regular basis. When the flowers fade you can clip them off the plant and new flower buds will form. In late December or early January you can cut them down to ground level. In the spring they will sprout new stems and leave. To make your plants full and bushy you can pinch out the very tips of the stems when they reach 6-8 inches in height. This will force two stems to grow where once there was only one. When the new stems are about 4" long, pinch out the tips again. Continue to pinch the plants back in this fashion throughout the spring and early summer. Stop pinching them back in mid to late August and they will develop flower buds.

Crotons grow best in full sunshine but will tolerate some afternoon shade. They need well draining soils and regular watering. These shrubs can grow 10 feet tall if not pruned but most gardeners prune them back each spring to control their size. Wait until next spring to prune yours back by about one third. This will force new growth and help the shrub fill in and become thick and full. Enjoy your new plants.

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