Chrysanthemum commonly called as mums or Guldaudi in Hindi is a perennial, autumn flowering plant. It comes in various forms and colours with numerous cultivars. The most common ones are anemone type, in-curve, spray and spider type, pom-pom and button type, etc. They come in all colours except true blue. In Indian sub-continent, the plants are planted during the early monsoon period (June-July). Growing tips should be regularly pinched to encourage bushier growth but not after the month of August. They set buds with the shortening of day length as the year progresses and comes into bloom when the colour is most needed in the garden i.e. during the months of early winter (late November-December). Deadheading encourages more blooms. Feed the plant regularly. Black aphids are the most common pests that infest chrysanthemums in the garden. Squish them with your fingers. For more non-violent methods use neem oil or wood ash to control them.