Perennials & Ornamental Grasses

Multiplying chrysanthemums with cuttings - it's that easy


In spring, just before flowering, the time has finally come. Then chrysanthemums can be propagated with cuttings. And that's not even difficult. We show you how it works.

The garden markets are full of beautiful and colorful chrysanthemums. And even though the herbaceous plants are quite cheap, it is worth growing on your own window sill: not necessarily financially, but the hobby gardener's heart still enjoys freshly rooted cuttings.

The chrysanthemums will provide a lavish bloom next year and can also be given away as a personal gift to friends and colleagues!

Cutting and preparing the cuttings

Young chrysanthemum plants are particularly suitable for taking cuttings. If you have older perennials, propagation is still possible, but it doesn't work quite as well.

The optimal time for cutting the cuttings is in spring, just before the plants form their flower buds. Cut the cuttings to about ten centimeters and remove any leaves that may be present. Now there are two ways to get beautiful chrysanthemums from cuttings.

Variant 1 - pull cuttings into soil

1 With this method, the cuttings come directly into a bowl with growing soil and are watered on. Instead of special potting soil, you can also use normal potting soil.

2 Then stretch a transparent plastic bag or film over the bowl. This creates a favorable climate for the growing chrysanthemums.

3 Place the breeding station in a warm, bright and sunny place. However, the direct midday sun is too strong, so please pay attention to shading at midday. The ideal temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius.

»Extra tip: By venting the film daily, you can prevent mold growth.

4 Roots have formed after about three to four weeks. Now you can repot the cuttings into larger containers. A mixture of potting soil and compost is cheap.

5 Over the winter, the new plants grow so far that they can safely move outdoors in spring.

Did you miss the cut time? Even after flowering, before the first frost, you can still cut cuttings. However, because not all cuttings form roots, you should cut off a few more.

Variant 2 - Root cuttings in a water glass

The second variant for root formation is even a little easier!

1 Simply place the cuttings in a glass with water. The location should be bright and moderately warm again.

2 A transparent plastic bag placed over the glass promotes growth here too.

3 Change the water daily until roots appear after a few weeks. Once the roots are a few inches long, you can put the cuttings in pots of soil.