Pompons and Yoko Ono

August 31, 2016 / Blooms Today

The pompon (or pom pom or pom-pom or Pom Pom or pom) from Mother Nature has inspired many copycat items across generations. One of the most easily recognizable is the ubiquitous cheerleader pompom. Early ones, in the 1930s, were crafted from paper, but of course, that’s not a very durable for outside shaking and waving in all kinds of weather.




Cottage-GardenIn 1953, Lawrence Herkimer founded a cheerleading supply company, and he acquired a patent for pom poms, which he re-named pompons because he learned that pom pom connoted something negative in Hawaii. Today, pompons are made with plastic or vinyl streamers and held with a dowel or hidden handle. They come in all colors and symbolize a fun sense of school spirit and excitement.


Blooming-BountyThey have also been reproduced in soap, plastic, resin and tissue paper, but nothing rivals Mother Nature’s poms. They are the real McCoy, grown and blossomed with the all natural elements of sun, water and time.  Pompons are chrysanthemums in miniature like button poms and cushion poms. Blooms range from half an inch diameter up to two and a half inches, and they are one of the most popular flowers used by florists for their availability, colors, longevity and comfortable position in any bouquet.


Happy-BloomsThese sweet little blossoms are mostly grown in Central and South America, and they are wonderfully vase hardy, lasting two to three weeks. Pompons are especially abundant in the fall when yellows and reds take center stage in floral arrangements. Lots of brides use them for handheld bouquets because poms add texture and volume to a collection of flowers. Since small pompon heads are easy to dry and still look nice, they make nice keepsakes for any special occasion.


delightful-sunshinePompons, which are small chrysanthemums, originated in China and are found in Chinese art and literature. The word chrysanthemum comes from the Greek for golden (its original color), “chrys” and the word for flower, “anthemion”. Chrysanthemums are the genus in the family Asteraceae, and pompons are one of the smaller types of blooms among them. They broadly symbolize optimism and joy, and the sweet little pompons are common favorites. They have been hybridized many times, and as a result, yield blooms in nearly every color anyone would want. The lime green pompon has been nicknamed “Yoko Ono”.


dash-of-daisyHere are some tips for growing pompons:

        • any decent soil
        • regular watering
        • happiest in moist, not wet, dirt
        • 8 hours per day full or filtered sun
        • bloom around 90 days from germination
        • need deadheading often for new blossoms
        • susceptible to aphids on bottom of leaves



At bloomstoday.com, you’ll find sweet poms in many arrangements like ~

        • white daily poms in Birthday SpectacularTM or Cottage GardenTM
        • Viking yellow pompons in Delightful SunshineTM
        • green button poms in Happy BloomsTM
        • yellow button pompons in Dash of DaisyTM
        • Yoko Ono button poms in Blooming BountyTM
        • … and many more lovely floral arrangements!


By Joanne M. Anderson

Photo Credit: Photographer PublicDomainPictures offered the photograph of Pink Pompons under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

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