Chrysanthemum for Mum

Garden Life

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."
~ Robert Browning

These days, most of us choose to spoil our mother with gourmet lunches, spa days, jewellery or perhaps a bouquet of roses but others follow the traditional route and offer Mum a beautiful potted Chrysanthemum plant instead.

They are naturally in season around mid-May which makes them plentiful and affordable. Besides adding beauty to our home, a potted Chrysanthemum plant removes trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and other chemicals from the air (according to a study done by NASA). This is a gift that gives in more ways than one; it is literally a breath of fresh air!

Bouquets, although pretty, eventually made their way to the bin; Mum’s potted Chrysanthemum instead can be transformed into a gift that keeps on giving if transferred properly to the garden.

Once flowering is complete, plant it in a nice sunny spot in the garden that gets around 6 hours of sunshine a day in soil that drains well. Adding some well-rotted compost will make the plant particularly happy to move into its new home. In the case of Chrysanthemums, it is better to water the soil at the base of the plant rather than the plant itself and remember to fertilise during the growing season.

Happy Mother’s Day.