Chantelle LeenstraHow to grow chrysanthemums in Kyoto

I love Japan’s street gardens and just look at these enormous, beautiful, creamy chrysanthemums I found growing outside a home in Kyoto. But just around the corner was something even more exciting, and a chance to discover the secrets behind growing these giant beauties.


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Chantelle Leenstra

About Chantelle Leenstra

Chantelle Leenstra is the landscape architect and an award-winning horticulturist at Garden Atelier. She has extensive experience speaking on radio and at garden and design events around Australia, and is NSW Ambassador of YoungHort and a 2015 Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. Chantelle has a deep interest in the connections between people and gardens. She was named 2014 Australian Horticulture Student of the Year for her work with esteemed landscape designers and horticulturists in Japan before embarking on her World Horticulture Stories project interviewing gardeners across Japan and Thailand. Chantelle offers a unique, lively and heartfelt perspective on what gardens can mean for us today. To enquire about booking Chantelle as a speaker, email

4 thoughts on “How to grow chrysanthemums in Kyoto

    • Hi Bob, Although the video has subtitles translating the Japanese grower’s information, they don’t seem to show on phones and possibly ipads too, and I can’t figure out why. What are you using to watch it?

      • Hi Bob, the subtitles were only viewable on my own iphone after I updated to the latest version of software. This may work for you too (settings-general-software update). I hope this can help you enjoy the video!

        • Bob here are some other insights from Kishidasan on growing Chrysanthemums:

          – he mixes fallen leaves into his soil mix (I’m not sure if he turns it into leaf mould first as some other horticulturists do, or puts them straight in the soil mix)
          – he practices disbudding so the plant puts more energy into one, larger flower
          – he really has to keep an eye on caterpillars
          – for someone who doesn’t go to the same efforts that he does, their chrysanthemum blooms will only last 1 week-10 days
          – he moves his chrysanthemums around outdoors into different microclimates at different times, so they are never too hot or too cold

          Good luck! I’d love to see photos of your chrysanthemums! 🙂

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