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Chrysanthemum Flower Farming Business Guide for Beginners

    Do you want to start a profitable chrysanthemum cultivation business? Find here, how to start a chrysanthemum flower farming business with a small investment.

    Actually, chrysanthemum is an important commercial flower crop. The flower has both commercial and export potential. Additionally, the flower holds the third position in the flower trade after Jasmine and rose.

    The scientific name of the chrysanthemum is Dendranthema Grandiflora. And it belongs to the Asteraceae family. Actually, the flower is native to the northern hemisphere chiefly Europe and Asia. In the United States, it is the number one dollar earner flower and the most reliable.

    Globally, some of the major chrysanthemum-producing countries are Canada, the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, UK, Ecuador, and Poland. In India, some of the major Chrysanthemum-producing states are Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh.

    Economic Importance of Chrysanthemum Flower

    There are versatile uses of this flower. Generally, you can use the flower in the bed, as pot culture for garland making and also as cut-flower for flower arrangement. Actually, the chrysanthemum flower is an important ingredient in the different types of flower decoration including backdrop, gate, tables, etc.

    In general, the large-flowered varieties are popular for exhibition purposes while small flowered varieties are for cut flowers, making the garland, wreaths, Veni, and religious offerings.

    Different Regional Names of Chrysanthemum Flower

    • Guldaudi in Hindi
    • Chandramalika in Bengali
    • Samanti in the southern states
    • Shevanti in Marathi
    • Sevantige in Kannada
    • Jamanthi in Malayalam
    • Chandramukhi in Manipuri

    Chrysanthemum Flower Best Varieties

    Kirti

    Actually, it is a hybrid between Angle x G.P.I. It flowers early (88 days). Generally, it bears a white-colored Korean type of flowers that fade to a pink tinge. It is floriferous and produces 119 flowers per plant. Additionally, it yields 168 g of flowers/plant. The shelf life of flowers is 7.5 days.

    Arka Swarna

    Actually, it is a cross between Nanko x CO-1. This hybrid bears pompon yellow flowers. Additionally, it is superior in respect to plant height, the number of flowers per plant, flower size, flower weight, flower yield per plant, and flowering duration. This is suitable for cut flowers and loose flower purposes.

    Birbal Sahni

    Generally, this variety requires about 121 days for flowering. Plants are about 65 cm tall and grow upright. Flowers are pompon type, snow-white in color, and small in size. Its average yield is 32 quintals/ha.

    Shanti

    Generally, this variety produces small size white decorative type chrysanthemums. It is a good-cut flower and garland variety.

    Y2K

    Generally, it is a small size, white anemone type mini chrysanthemum. It requires neither ‘pinching nor ‘staking. Its plants are 34.6 cm tall, 370 flower heads/plant. The flowers are white in color.

    Arka Ganga

    Actually, this is a cross between Flirt and Red Gold. It takes 127 days to get fully grown. It produces 143 flowers per plant. Flowers are white in color having a pink tinge. The vase life is 11 days. It is suitable for loose flowers and cut flowers.

    Sadbhavana

    Basically, it is a small, and double Korean type mini chrysanthemum. Plant heights 29.1 cm, 303 flower heads/plant, and floret color is a red-purple group.

    Appu

    Flowers purple in color & suitable for mini-culture. The flower length is 1.5 cm it weighs 0.4 g.

    Large Flower Variety

    a) White: Snowball, Kasturba Gandhi, Innocence
    b) Yellow: Chandana, Sonar Bangla, Super Giant
    c) Mauve: Mahatma Galidhi, Peacock, Raja
    d) Red: Diamond Jubilee, Distinction, Alfred Wilson

    2. Small Flower Variety (cut flowers)

    a) White: Birbal Sarti, Apsara, Baggi, Pumima
    b) Yellow: Nanako, Jayanti, Kundan
    c) Mauve: Sharad Prabha, Nilima, Ajay
    d) Red: Jaya, Flirt, Jubilee

    Agroclimatic Condition for Chrysanthemum Flower

    Basically, it is a short-day plant. And it responds differently to varying climate conditions. Generally, it needs long days to attain sufficient vegetative growth and short days for flower production. If long day condition prevails, the chrysanthemum will remain in the vegetative phase.

    Temperature is another important factor after light among climatic factors. Actually, the temperature influences the growth and flowering behavior. Generally, the plant requires an optimum temperature of 15.6°C. The relative humidity of 70 to 90% is suitable for the plants.

    Suitable Soil for Chrysanthemum Flower Farming

    Generally, the plant prefers well-drained soil. Additionally, it prefers sandy loam of good texture and good aeration. A good amount of organic matter and a pH of 6.5 is essential. Basically, it is a shallow fibrous rooted plant and is very sensitive to waterlogged conditions. Also, it is fairly drought tolerant.

    Read: Is Soil Testing Important In Agriculture?

    Chrysanthemum Flower Farming Basic Steps

    Field Preparation

    Generally, you will need to plow the field two to three times before the preparation of beds for planting.

    Propagation

    Chrysanthemum propagates vegetatively either by root suckers or terminal cuttings. However, terminal cutting is the best method to follow in commercial farming.

    Terminal Cutting

    First of all, take about 5-7 cm long terminal cuttings from healthy stock plants. Then plant these cuttings in the sand in pots or beds and keep them in the partial shade. Provide watering 4-5 times a day. Rooting takes place within 3 weeks. Now, these cuttings are ready for transplanting. For better rooting, you can treat the cuttings with 2000 ppm IBA before rooting.

    Irrigation

    Generally, the frequency of irrigation depends on the stage of growth, soil, and weather conditions. Additionally, you must maintain the proper drainage system for chrysanthemums grown both in beds and in pots.

    By regulating the quantity and frequency of irrigation, you can influence the height and vigor of the chrysanthemum plant. However, you can follow the channel system water supply for irrigating the fields.

    Manuring

    You must apply fertilizer according to the soil test report. However, you can apply farmyard manure for the best growth.

    Weed Management

    First of all, you must keep the field or greenhouse weed-free. Generally, weeds deplete moisture and nourishment from plants. Shortly after cuttings are established, carefully scratch the ground to uproot the weeds when they are small. Generally, you can provide 2-3 hand weeding for proper growth of the plant. First, weeding should be done one month after planting. Also, you can apply herbicide to control weeds from the field.

    Harvesting & Yield

    Depending upon the varieties plant start yielding flower after 3-4 months of transplanting. For cut flower purposes, you must cut the stem about 10 cm above the soil to avoid cutting into wooden tissue. Also, you can place the lower 1/3 of the stem in water to extend the vase life of cut flowers. The best way to protect the flowers is to sleeve the bunch with a transparent plastic sleeve. Generally, the correct stages of harvest depend upon the cultivar, marketing, and purpose, etc.

    Generally, you can harvest the flowers around 15 times. The yield ranges from 9 to 10 tonnes of loose flowers per acre.

    Post Harvest Management of Chrysanthemum Flower

    After harvest, you must cut the stem to equal length (90 cm is the standard). Then bunch the flowers in five put a rubber band at the base and slide them into a plastic sleeve. Finally, put the bunches in plastic buckets filled with water. Generally, you can store the mature chrysanthemum flower dry for 6-8 weeks at a temperature of 0.5 0 C.