We've started this year's seed distribution scheme as usual.  Please send us your seeds as soon as they are ready.

Featured Conservation Plants: April 2016

April 2016:
Chrysanthemum ‘Early Yellow’

This is a very strong hardy plant. Flowering early small 4 cm pale yellow single flowers. Flat petals in 1-2 layers, yellow boss, large leaves. Flowers develop up the stem. Height 80 cm. Flowering time September to October. It was withdrawn from the scheme at the end of 2015 as one of our successes as it has had 4 or more entries in the RHS Plant Finder for three consecutive years.

Flower Colour

Pale, primrose yellow with yellow boss and presented in sprays.

Date Added to Scheme


Introduced by

Diana Garner, Herts HPS

Verified by

Judy Barker


Introduced by Judy Barker, National Collection holder of Chrysanthemums


Splitting clumps, soft cuttings or rooted basal cuttings make propagation of this Chrysanthemum an easy operation.

This plant grows best in a sunny, reasonably drained soil and may need a little support to prevent it from flopping.


Need to watch for slugs and snails as new growth emerges in the spring and for signs of nematode infection which causes stems and leaves to distort.

Helen Mount

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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