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Chrysanthemum indicum

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Chrysanthemum indicum is a flowering plant commonly called Indian chrysanthemum,<ref name=grin>Template:GRIN</ref> within the family Asteraceae and genus Chrysanthemum.

Description

Chrysanthemum indicum grows up to 0.6 meters by 0.6 meters. It usually blooms from August to October. It must be grown outside under sunlight with moist soil. They normally have yellow or white flowers with yellow pollen. As Moul says, it is suitable for light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils (Moul., n.d.).

Cultivation

Chrysanthemum indicum is a plant of the temperate zone but it can be grown successfully outside the area such as in tropical areas as it is often cultivated in Southeast Asia with moist soil (pH around 6.5) in sunny weather. It can handle temperatures down to -10°c. According to Julie Day, “Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball, and incorporate organic matter such as compost or peat to help with drainage. Plant the mums at exactly the same depth they were in the pot – avoid water collection around the stems. Space plants 18-24 inches apart (Day, n.d.).

Propagation

Sow the seeds between the range of August to October. It usually start to grow in 10 – 18 days at 15°c but if it does not grow in 4 weeks, Useful Tropical Plants suggest you to, “try chilling the seed for 3 weeks in the salad compartment of a fridge (Useful Tropical Plants, n.d.).

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