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Potted chrysanths dying

I bought a tray of 6 little chrysanthemum plants from B&Q as part of my annual purchase of plants for patio pots.  After only a week, the flowers have mostly died or are dying and there's no real sign of any further buds.  I actually had the same plants last year, and after the flowers had gone within a couple of weeks, no more came, even though the plant survived the winter.  I had hoped it was a one-off bad batch last year!  They're being watered every night.  Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?


  • edaddis1edaddis1 Posts: 4
    Is there nobody who can help with this?!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,279
    How have they been cared for since purchase?
    How are they planted - what size of pots? 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • edaddis1edaddis1 Posts: 4
    Thanks for your reply.

    They were planted the day after purchase.  Three plants in a large pot, see image, and two in a trough.  That was about a week ago, and they've been watered every evening since then.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,279
    They benefit from deadheading, but more importantly - pinching out. That creates bushier plants which carry more flower buds.
    When you're watering, it's better to water thoroughly, then leave for a couple of days.
    Make sure the pot is raised up off the ground too,especially when it's on a solid surface.

    Small plants + lots of compost  = too much wet stuff round fine roots, which they won't really appreciate. It's quite a lot of compost for such small plants to deal with early on. I'd have put them into smaller pots to start with, and let them grow on for a month or so, unless they were in three or four inch pots and the roots  really filling those.
    These plants are grown in quite cosseted conditions too, and it's a bit of a shock when they're suddenly planted out into the big world. It can take a while for them to acclimatise. Even hardy plants can take a while to settle.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,991
    I think I see a new bud. Deadhead the faded flowers and make sure they get enough water (not just a teeny trickle each time), and try a feed of something high in potash such as tomato food. They might be busy growing their roots out into the fresh compost at the moment.
  • edaddis1edaddis1 Posts: 4
    Thanks very much to both of you for your advice!
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