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Featured Conservation Plants: May 2013

May 2013:
Chrysanthemum ‘Early Yellow’

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This plant was introduced into the conservation scheme in 2010 as it was not readily available to the general public. It is a strong, hardy plant bearing early single pale yellow flowers, with a yellow boss in profusion, from late August to mid October.

It grows up to a height of around 60cm (2ft) with a healthy show of mid green leaves and came through the winter 2012/13 in Derbyshire (at 425 ft above sea level) growing outside with no protection in an open garden aspect. New growth being visible at the beginning of March, the parent plant was then lifted, potted up and left in a cold greenhouse to produce cutting material.

Apart from dividing the main plant, propagation may be achieved by teasing away new growth from the parent at a height of approximately 7.5cms (3ins) complete with small roots attached and potting on. Alternatively, soft wood cuttings of 5-7cms (2-3 ins) placed in water in a polystyrene mug left on a south-facing windowsill may also be taken - my usual, if unorthodox method which I find very succesful, with few failures).

I consider ‘Early Yellow’ a plant worth growing, particularly for its long and later flowering season. The illustrations show how healthily it grew in both flower and foliage in the 2012/13 season.

The Conservation scheme involves HPS members in growing these plants and documenting the best way to grow and propagate them. The plants are distributed across the country with many local groups and individual growers being involved.

The scheme is open to all HPS members. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Since the present scheme started in 1998, we have been successful in conserving over 30 plant varieties that are, in our opinion, all worthy of being grown in British gardens. However, there are still a large number of potentially garden worthy plants in need of conservation.

If you are a interested in making this (or any other of our conservation plants) available on a commercial basis, please contact the National Coordinator.

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