One of the best ways to get the most for your money in the garden is to propagate plants by cuttings. Luckily for cut flower growers, propagating chrysanthemums by cuttings is insanely easy. First, you’ll need to select the cuttings. I like to take cuttings that are nice and tall. This way, I can take several cuttings from the same stem. Remember, make sure that you’re only taking cuttings from plants that don’t have a patent.
Once I’ve selected my cutting, I’m simply going to cut the stem into multiple two inch sections.
In general, I find that it takes about 2-3 weeks for the cuttings to take root. To save space, I put my chrysanthemum and dahlia cuttings into the same tray this year. Since I’m taking cuttings in the spring, I’m using potting soil. I’ll be leaving this tray into the garden in a shaded or sheltered location. Since there’s no longer a chance of frost, I won’t need to worry too much. However, it will be important that I am able to keep the soil consistently moist. For the first week, I’ll also need to mist the plants about once a day.