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I have two lovely new Chrysanthemums and I'm unsure how they will thrive if kept in pots, as opposed to planting them in the garden. We lost last years plants due to slug/snail damage over night and I don't want these plants to go the same way. Any thoughts?


Little Pol


  • chrysanths will grow happily in pots as long as the conditions are right, exhibition varieties such as lates spend their life in pots, and patio mums, they will need the growing material changed for next year, and if you wish can take cuttings from them next spring, I always repot into soil based composts such as JI, will need protection through the winter, just frost free, but in the light, a cold frame could suffice, if you have a glasshouse this would be preferable, cover with spun fleece on frosty nights, reduce the watering through the dormant period, ie after flowering until the spring.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,574

    If you put some copper tape around the chrysanthemum pots, then the plants should be safe from slugs and snails providing the gastropods can't abseil down from overhanging plants.

  • Thank you, I will go ahead and pot them up.


  • I would like to grow chrysanthemums, for the first time, next year so I have more late summer/autumn colour.  Would like to grow the spray type, rather than the large blooms.  Can anyone recommend best place to buy these from?  I can't remember ever seeing young plants in garden centres in the Spring.  Many thanks. 

  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    Google it, 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,349

    You'll need a nursery not a GCimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Halls of Heddon sell rooted cuttings in Spring, their catalogue is out now for next year. I've only ever used them for dahlia plants though.

    Wearside, England.
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    I use Google when searching for information not readily available.

  • Many thanks everyone.  I had googled it but it's always good to get recommendation from someone on this site who has had good service from a company.  Thanks Victoria, will check Halls site.

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