This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This subject seems to have laid dormant for some time. I have seen no mention of it in the Monthly of late until a recent issue, February number, page 38. I believe in that writer's method of cultivation. If well grown plants and a profusion of bloom is wanted, it is necessary that the cuttings should be rooted early and the plants as far advanced as possible, and before their growth is arrested by the hot weather. They do best in a moderate temperature. I saw the Chrysanthemums grown at the Horticultural Hall, Fairmount Park, last Fall. They were beautiful, in good variety, and well grown plants.
This class of plants is thought a good deal of in England. They are cultivated extensively on first-class places, and are also raised on a smaller scale by many of the working people who take a special pride in them.
Chrysanthemum shows are held every year in the neighborhood of London, and the gentlemen's gardeners devote special attention to their care, as it is an inducement for them to try their best to beat their neighbors. The prizes offered for the best grown plants run from one pound to three pounds ten - five to eighteen dollars. I attended a Chrysanthemum show at Kingston on Thames, Surrey, two years ago last November. I think there were about twenty-five gentlemen's gardeners exhibited plants there, and also two or three noted nurserymen attended with plants and made a fine display. The rules of the Chrysanthemum Society do not allow" nurserymen to compete with gentlemen's gardeners there. They exhibit as a class by themselves.
The leading varieties at that time, which took first prizes were large flowering George Glenny, Jardin des Plantes, Mrs. George Rundle, Pink Perfection, Boule de Neige, Golden Nugget, Maid of Kent. Also a number of the Pompone varieties took prizes. They were trained in various shapes on wire and were a mass of bloom. The majority of the large flowering kinds were disbudded and superfluous shoots rubbed off. Plants grown as standards and large flowers predominated. They were grown in from eight to ten inch pots, and were from six to seven feet high. I might add that these shows are well patronized by all classes of people, who are charged a small sum to enter the exhibition.
I don't think it possible to grow Chrysanthemums in this country as large as in Great Britain, even under the best known methods. The difference of climate is no doubt the trouble. If there is a possibility of doing so I would like to know how.
I would like to see this subject reviewed in the Monthly by some kind reader, as I think this class of plants deserves especial attention and care. They come into bloom at a time of the year when other flowers are scarce.