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Chrysanthemum, Tricolor Daisy

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Heirloom painted daisy from Morocco.

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This "painted daisy" was introduced from Morocco 200 years ago. The plants are about 2 ft. tall and bushy, topped in midsummer with bright daisies in a riot of colors;red, white or yellow, ringed with scarlet, mahogany, orange or rust. Flowers 3" across. Excellent cut flowers.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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    Chrysanthemum
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Chrysanthemum may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow chrysanthemum seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last spring frost date using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds thinly and barely press in. Do not cover with soil as light aids germination.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches, removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Set plants 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Chrysanthemums make great long lasting, fragrant cut flowers.
  • Great for containers as well as in the garden as a bedding plant.
  • Annual chrysanthemum blooms in late summer and fall. It is not hardy and is grown as an annual.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
24 inches
Spread
8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Red, White, Yellow
Chrysanthemum, Tricolor Daisy is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Daisies Tricolor daisies didn't grow well at all. Very small, not thriving at all.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gorgeous unique flowers These flowers so beautiful and unique that I'm going to the trouble of growing them from seed again this year! Each flower is a slightly different color, and in very unique muted but colorful shades. They handled dry soil and strong sun, and probably needed staking, but I didn't do it. They grew well kinda flopped over, and were still beautiful.
Date published: 2010-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty but small These flowers are quite unusual and very pretty. The description notes that the flowers are 3" across, not quite. Mine were about half that size. However, still a pretty flower but don't expect big blooms. Also a very hearty plant... my gardener mowed over these thinking they were weeds earlier in the spring. They bounced back despite the hack job and now are blooming.
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Pretty Don't let the picture fool you. This flower is not as full as it appears. The rings of color are more white/burgandy/yellow. It is a petite flower. I was still in awe of how beautiful it turned out to be. I was not quite as attentive as I should have been with them, but they there were still plenty of small buds. It took longer to flower than I thought also. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something different!!
Date published: 2006-12-04
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