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Plants That Purify: Chrysanthemum

We all could benefit from a cheap and beautiful way to improve a home's indoor air quality. That's why I'm bringing you an ongoing series on house plants that are particularly good at purifying the air.

Next up in our series is the chrysanthemum.

Chrysanthemums are a beautiful, autumn flower, and if you decide to use garland chrysanthemums as a Thanksgiving centerpiece, they can do double duty in a salad, since the flowers are edible!

Although chrysanthemums are usually associated with outside fall flower beds, they also grow well in pots indoors. Chrysanthemums come in a wide variety of colors and prefer full sun, except when in bloom. Keep the soil from becoming compacted, and only water when the soil has dried out. Chrysanthemums flower as a response to short days and long nights, and while old plants are usually not rebloomed, you can grow new plants from cuttings. To force chrysanthemums to bloom, provide them with 14 hours of darkness for 10–12 weeks.


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jnelson jnelson 8 years
Mums also repel mosquitoes.
jnelson jnelson 8 years
Mums also repel mosquitoes.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
They also make a pretty decent tea, and I don't even like tea.
cmgtvs7577 cmgtvs7577 8 years
very nice
cmgtvs7577 cmgtvs7577 8 years
very nice
courtney422 courtney422 8 years
Verry pretty!
courtney422 courtney422 8 years
Verry pretty!
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Yes, I like mums too, and once again never thought about potting them indoors! Now I must do it. So pretty and purifying.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
WOW what a picture. I'd plant them indoors, eat them and tell my hubby (a photographer) to take a few pictures to frame.
Rachel419 Rachel419 8 years
I love chrysanthemums, they're so pretty! I really love the one in the picture, the colors are great.
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