Longwood Gardens Grows Largest Chrysanthemum in North America, featuring 991 Blooms. Photo: L. Albee
This amazing single Chrysanthemum measuring 11 feet in diamater, with 991 blooms, is the largest plant of its type ever grown in North America. These gigantic mutant flowers don't just grow themselves but need master growers, as Yoko Arakawa and metal worker Dave Beck did this using a Japanese technique called Ozukuri:
The rigorous, 18-month growing technique involves meticulous watering, pinching and tying of the chrysanthemum to a customized wire frame to train the plant to grow into the desired form. The blooms are painstakingly arranged in a dome shape, with the goal of achieving as many uniform blooms as possible. Only a few growers in the entire world today are skilled in the techniques of training a Thousand Bloom.
Its at display at this year's Longwood Gardens' Chrysanthemum Festival in Kennett Square, PA, held on November 21. +more