I prefer my own method. I overwinter the root stock that has been growing all season. In January I place the plant in a warm environment (I have access to a tropical greenhouse) where the temp is 60 degrees F. Once in that location, I start to get a lot of new fleshy growth.
This sounds interesting. I also keep fluorescents going 16 hours in a cool basement which might be appropriate to get some cuttings started.
I take my cuttings in February from that new fleshy growth and keep it warm and moist. I have very few problems with the plant getting too woody, and if you keep a night light going, you will avoid flower bud production.
Could you please elaborate on this? What would be the issue with the stems getting woody too early?
You mention using a night light. I assume you are relying on natural light and use this technique to interrupt the long nights. I assume my setup, in the basement, would eliminate the need for this.
Is there a place for me to share pics of my chrysanthemum bonsai?
Unfortunately we do not have that feature, you must link to pictures that are hosted elsewhere. We would really enjoy seeing some examples of your work. I did briefly check out the Yahoo group but did not see any pictures. I suppose I would need to subscribe.