Ajania pacifica is colloquially known as Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum. It is called Chrysanthemum because it was formerly included in the genus Chrysanthemum and had the botanical name Chrysanthemum pacificum.
How to care for Ajania pacifica
Ajania pacifica grows perennially but only tolerates little frost to a maximum of 27 °F (-3 °C).
The Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum is suitable for sunny to partial shade locations. It should be placed on the balcony or terrace only when frost is no longer expected. Otherwise, young shoots can freeze.
Standard mixes for container plants, herbs and vegetables can be used.
Allow the root ball to dry to about 80 % of its height. It should not dry out or stand under water for days. Dryness can lead to the shedding of flower buds.
How often to water depends on several factors. If the pot or container is in full sun, the soil will dry out faster than in a semi-shaded location. During the hot summer weeks, the water requirement is higher.
In the first year after purchase or repotting, the Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum does not need to be fertilized. After that, a monthly dose of liquid fertilizer is sufficient from April to September. Rods given once each in spring and summer are also suitable.
If it is to bloom, then Ajania pacifica must be overwintered in a cool place. A winter location with temperatures between 36 to 50 °F (2 to 10 °C) is ideal. During the cold season, water only enough so that the soil does not dry out. Wet substrate in combination with low temperatures can lead to rotting of the roots.
The Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum can be propagated by cuttings, which are best cut from spring to early summer.