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Chrysanthemums can do anything!

Chrysanthemum is a flower that we mostly associate with late summer and autumn. At this time of year, they are most popular both as a plant in the garden and as a cut flower at our florists.
Chrysanthemums come in many varieties. There are simple flowers reminiscent of the daisy, large chrysanthemums with a full flower head and varieties where the petals are spoon-shaped. The color scale is also very varied and ranges from shades of white to yellow, pink, purple and even green!


chrysanthemum flower

Chrysanthemums made their way into Scandinavia via the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the flower had already been imported from Asia at the end of the 17th century. It very quickly became a popular flower that spread throughout Europe.

a bunch of chrysanthemum

In Japan and China, the chrysanthemum is an ancient plant that has been cultivated for over 3000 years. The plant has not only been used for decoration, but also as a medicinal plant as it was believed to have useful properties. A well-known property is that the flower is good at cleaning the air.


a mixed bouquet including chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums as cut flowers are also available in a multitude of varieties. The petals can be both rounded and pointed, short and long. The flower head can vary from star-shaped to round like a ball. A bouquet full of chrysanthemums is beautiful in itself, but they are also fantastic in mixed bouquets, because there is always a chrysanthemum to match the other flowers.


The flower is also widely used in flower decorations and interplanting. In short, it is a very useful and popular flower that can be used in almost all floral contexts.

a wreath of pink and orange mixed flowers
a woman holding potted chrysanthemums

Potted chrysanthemums need to be watered regularly to avoid drying out. It can wilt quickly and lose its petals if not cared for properly. It should be kept bright, but not exposed to direct sunlight all the time.

Cut flowers should be in lukewarm water in fresh water which should be changed every or every other day. If you take good care of your chrysanthemum cut flowers, they can last for several weeks.

chrysanthemums in a vase

How do I care for my chrysanthemums?

To care for your chrysanthemums, you should place them in a place with plenty of light, but avoid direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Remove wilted flowers regularly to promote new flower formation. You can also add liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.

When do chrysanthemums typically bloom?

Chrysanthemums usually bloom in autumn. Flowering time can vary depending on the variety, but it often happens from September to November.

Can I plant my chrysanthemums outdoors?

Yes, you can plant chrysanthemums outdoors in well-drained soil and in a sunny or lightly shaded location. It is usually recommended to plant them in spring to give them time to establish before winter.

How do I prune my chrysanthemums?

You can prune your chrysanthemums in the spring when new shoots begin to appear. Cut back the dead and damaged stems and also remove the lower leaves to promote air circulation and flower formation.

Can I grow chrysanthemums indoors?

Yes, you can grow chrysanthemums indoors, but they do best in cooler environments. Place them in a room with good lighting and avoid overheating. You can place them outdoors in the summer to get fresh air and light.