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Chrysanthemum Hydroponics
By Eric Anderton

Growing by the 'one-up' method

SINGLE STEM FLOWERS

Most of my anemone chrysanthemums are grown this way, commonly referred to as "one-ups".

There are many advantages:
1.Enables me to grow more separate seedlings for trial.I have 100 containers,5 plants in each which equals 500  seedling blooms.

2.Take up less headroom as my plants are grown and flowered on the bench.

3.Grow straight up from the container, each separately tied to its own cane. The plants do not therefore spread out "candelabra" fashion. Take less room.

4.If growing for exhibition, five blooms of the same cultivar in one container. Easy to match for a vase as each bloom is practically identical. Grown one or two "stops", apical dominance dictates that the blooms would be at slightly different stages in size and flowering date.

METHOD.
Cuttings are rooted early in the year as available, these will be grown on in trays as "mother plants". Last stop 25th May to produce laterals to take cuttings for plants to be grown as "one ups".

Take cuttings from the laterals when of sufficient length. They root easy in June, but shade from hot sun at this time of year.

But leave 2 or 3 sets of leaves on mother plant. This is to inhibit any tendency for a possible premature bud to pass any "signal" into new cutting. You may consider that this may reduce the "leaf count" on the new flowering stem affecting in some respects the flowering date, but it does not. 

I believe that chrysanthemums have a memory and also they can count!

Plant rooted cutting directly into final containers, five plants per container. This is where the real growing of the bloom commences.

SEE DIAGRAM.

 

Links to pages where you can view magnified images of Eric's Anemone Seedlings.

Anemone Close-ups

Diamond encrusted Anemones


 

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