Chrysanthemums - Guldawari’s are a botanical wonder in various hues. They are big-headed flowering plants and almost seem like a bespeckled crown sitting atop their dark green leaves. These flowers are especially common in Eastern Asia and have often been extravagantly depicted in works of art. These flowers are of great importance in the floral industry as they are widely used for ornamental purposes. You might also be interested to know that the flower holds cultural significance in many parts of the world.
Beyond their captivating beauty, these flowers have been endowed with a host of other benefits too.
The delicate fragrance of Chrysanthemum blooms wafting through our homes carries calming and soothing properties, making it a natural stress reliever. The fragrance creates a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
Chrysanthemum extracts are used in many skincare products. They have been known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Properties such as these help in soothing skin irritations, reduce redness, and protects the skin from sun damage.
In many cuisines, the Chrysanthemum petal is used to add a subtle, slightly bitter flavor to the dishes. The petals are also often used in salads, teas, and sometimes desserts. All of this enhances the visual appeal of the culinary experience.
Chrysanthemums have natural insect-repellent properties and are planted alongside other plants as companions to ward off harmful insects and pests. They have the ability to deter nematodes, aphids, and other garden pests. This makes them a valuable addition.
Check to see if the topmost layer of the soil is moist, and then water it. Chrysanthemum plants prefer moist soil, and since you will keep them outdoors, keep a check on moisture levels.
Place the Chrysanthemum plants in a location that receives the maximum amount of sunlight.
Keep pruning and pinching your Chrysanthemum plants to encourage branching. It is also important to remove deadheads.
Chrysanthemum plants are vulnerable to fungus attacks, aphids, mealy bugs and mites. As a precautionary measure, you can spray neem oil spray on your plant every two weeks.
Chrysanthemum plants require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Water the plants regularly in the summers, ensuring that the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Keep removing deadheads as well to encourage new blooms.
Chrysanthemums are annual flowers, and return season after season with proper care.
The flowers can be propagated through division or stem cuttings. Dig up an established plant and separate the root system into sections, each containing roots and shoots. Replant the divided sections of the Chrysanthemum plant into different pots and water consistently.
They are very easy to grow although specific care and requirements may vary if planting a different variety of Chrysanthemums. In general, the plant will thrive with basic care and nutrition.
Yes, the Chrysanthemum plant can be toxic to pets, if ingested in large quantities. It may cause gastric irritation, drooling, or vomiting. It is a good idea to keep the plant away from the reach of your pets.
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