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Chrysanthemum Bonsai

 

 

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) "Kiku: Spotlight on Tradition" Nov. 4-19, 2017

 

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) "Kiku: Spotlight on Tradition" Nov. 4-19, 2017

 

 

"...Softwood cuttings started during the winter months will have rather small diameter stems that harden during the rooting period and tend to remain small. This is undesirable since the tree form needs its stem or trunk to grow as large in diameter as possible.

To counteract this problem, we use a technique developed for enlarging the trunks of their bonsai chrysanthemums. Their method is to give the fully-rooted softwood cutting a hard pinch to promote new growth near its base. They then pick the most vigorous low growing shoot, train it upward to a stake, and remove all other side shoots near the soil. . .

Throughout the season you should rotate the pot about 1/4 turn every week. This helps the plant get uniform lighting and ensures the resulting form remains symmetrical.

As the main stem continues to inch up the stake, add additional ties at approximately 2-inch intervals (relocate and/or loosen ties that may tend to be scoring the trunk). Keep in mind the trunk length and overall plant height desired at show time. . . ."

 

  James Sterling, "Growing Chrysanthemums to Trees and Cascades," Journal of the National Chrysanthemum Society, March 2017, p17-18

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) "Kiku: Spotlight on Tradition" Nov. 4-19, 2017

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) "Kiku: Spotlight on Tradition" Nov. 4-19, 2017

 
 
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