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Chrysanthemum, Chinese Gong-ju-hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium) potted plant, organic

$15.00

Family: Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 10

(Autumn Chrysanthemum, Huangshan gongju) Evergreen subshrub native to China and hardy to 0 degrees F, an ancient cultigen that cannot be propagated by seed.  This is a choice cultivar with small, fall to early winter blossoming flowers of yellow and cream.  Strong flavor, taste sweet to slightly bitter, a superior flower for making Chrysanthemum tea. The main harvest of these flowers occurs in my Zone 7 garden around November 15, significantly later than the Bo-ju-hua cultivar.  Plant prefers sun and well-drained garden soil, frequent watering.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

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  1. Kimberly Wood

    Very hardy plant!

    Kimberly Wood (verified owner)

    Purchased this chrysanthemum early in spring for the May shipping. Gong Ju Hua is center. It was so tiny when it arrived, it was originally planted in a grey pot like the one the garten meister is in on the right of the photo, but when I had to move those plants under cover due to our second bout of 100+ temperatures, there were roots coming out the bottom!!! So I repotted them a size up, and was shocked at how pot bound they were! These guys survived shipping, the worst heat wave ever (118) and a second heat wave only being pulled under a deck roof for the worst days and you’d never know, unlike the sad fushia that lost most of its leaves to the heat. I don’t know if these plants will outgrow their current pots next year or not. I’d put them in the ground, but it’s a mud pie for months and I wouldn’t be able to shelter them in the event of terrible weather.

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  2. Question

    Jaclyn

    Does this Gong ju hua has white flower and more compact flowers , like the attached pic from your site before ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jaclyn,
      Yes, you have it right, a lot of photos fell off our website and we’ve been trying to get them back up. I fixed this one, thank you!
      Richo

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  3. Question

    Kimberly Wood

    I live in Milwaukie, OR, we have very heavy clay soil in the ground, very muddy in the winter. Would these plants prefer to remain in a container with potting soil? Would they thrive long term in a large pot?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kimberly,
      I had my field-grown plants survive a winter flood so it isn’t necessarily fatal if the ground is very wet. Chrysanthemum does do great in pots and may be kept in pots for years. Yes, standard potting soil is fine.
      Richo

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  4. Question

    Jabari Jordan-Walker

    What is the best way to row crop Gong-ju-hua from propagating by cutting? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Heel Jabari,
      Thanks for contacting. The best way would be to root the cuttings in a sand bed and set them to field once they grow on significantly. The best cutting is really a root division but you can make do with hard or softwood cuttings, too. I’ve noticed that these do way better in outdoor culture and wilt under glass.
      Richo

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    Suzanne Geiger

    How. Bog does this get and what size are the flowers.

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hi Suzanne! This is a choice cultivar, flowering to 3 feet tall and equally as wide, with single-petaled flowers of cream, between 1 and 2 inches in size. 

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  6. One person found this helpful
    Jenn

    Beautiful medicine

    Jenn (verified owner)

    This beauty is blooming when even the asters seem to be going to bed for the winter. It’s currently getting shaded part of the day by a fig tree, but doesn’t seem to mind about anything. It’s planted next to an olive tree and in front of ashitaba. I had a hard time keeping the slugs off of them when they were small, but they’re thriving now. The chickens ate all the new growth when it was about 12″ tall and now we have twice as many flowers! They’re so beautiful that I can’t bear to pick them. I love this medicine for my eyes. Second to none. ??

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  7. Question

    Roby Gobeil

    Hi, do you have some seeds of the Gong-ju-hua??

    Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Roby,
      The Ju-hua are sterile cultigens, they don’t make seeds.
      Richo

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    • Eden Peart

      hi Ricco,
      Thank you for your work!

      Will I be able to grow Chinese chrysanthemum in zone 11b KAUAI?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Eden,
      These are listed up to Zone 10 only. As one who always pushes the limits on zones and does not suffer from zonophobia, I would be the last to tell you not to try.
      Richo

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  8. Question

    Safa

    Hi, how many plants should I get if I would like to start a small Ju Hua orchard? Would they propagate naturally? Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Safa,
      You can start a patch with 3 plants. They spread out from the crown. You can make cuttings after they become better established, and produce more plants to widen the patch.
      Richo

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    • Sara

      Thank you! Do you ship to Mexico? What is the difference between bo and gong juhua

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Safa,
      Sorry, we cannot ship plants to Mexico. The bo and gong are carefully described in the monographs–there are many differences–please read the monographs and it will answer your question.
      Richo

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    • Sara

      Hello, around what size are the plants that one would receive ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Sara,
      We aim to give a big enough plant to assure your success. These particular plants will be in 3 or 4 inch pots and low-growing at this season would be preferable to etiolated.
      Richo

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    • maggie rich e (verified owner)

      When can I transplant outside?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Maggie, Acclimatize slowly to outdoor culture and plant out anytime after they have hardened off. These are extremely cold-hardy once they are established in place.
      Richo

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    • linda schultz (verified owner)

      hi/i have both the bo-ju-hua and the gong-ju-hua. i am in zone 6/mid missouri. both plants are great growers. the gong-ju-hua bloomed the first year, but not the last 2. the bo-ju-hua is in it’s 2nd year(?) and hasn’t bloomed. should i be pruning back in mid summer or just let them be? how to get blossoms? thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Linda,
      These both flower late in the season and you may be getting frost before they are ready to flower. I do think that trimming the bushes back in the fall or even maybe as you say midsummer may help them make flowers earlier so you can benefit from them.
      Richo

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    • Kai-Di Chi (verified owner)

      I got my Gong-ju about a month ago. I planted it in a pot and put it in our sun room. I wonder how much light and water it needs every day to keep it healthy? Thanks.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      at this point you’re the best judge of that. They do like to be outside, though, with frost on the leaves. probably if kept inside good ventilation is your first most important factor, followed by sun and watering only when the surface becomes dry. If it starts looking desiccated even if watered, then pot up to a larger pot of fast-draining soil.

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    • Carolina

      Can I plant Gong Ju Hua in containers? I live in Colorado and don’t want to plant them outside as I am not sure if they can survive the snowy winter. I’d like to bring them indoors. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi carolina, thanks for contacting. i have gong and bo ju-hua in containers and the plants are very, very happy that way. you can go for it. richo

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