How to create new chrysanthemum varieties?


Breeding and creating new varieties simply takes time. Every flowering cycle inevitably takes a year. Chrysanthemums flower in the autumn, and therefore are a seasonal product. We test all breeds outdoors, so we only have one opportunity every year. Crossing and pollinating, harvesting and sowing the seeds and confirming, takes at least three years to complete a breed. Moreover, Gediflora sets up an additional trial to be 100% sure that the commercial range is of excellent quality. We deliberately take the time to perfect our varieties and to be completely sure.”

The chrysanthemum is a vegetatively propagated crop, which means that you use cuttings or rhizomes for reproduction. Seeds are only used in the initial phase, when we create a new plant. We try to propagate a superior plant using a good father plant and a good mother plant. At the beginning this means applying pollen on the pistil with a little brush. The seeds are harvested and planted anew, and the plants are vegetatively propagated by shoots and clones.”