Aster Formula Mix Colors - Seeds
Common name: Aster
Color: Red, Pink, Purple, White
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Height: up to 24 inches
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Growing Asters is easy. Perennial Aster flowers grow well in average soils, but needs full sun. Blooms are 2 inches in diameter, and are wilt resistant. Aster flowers come in blues, purples and a variety of pinks. All Asters are yellow in the center of the flower. They are daisy-like in appearance, even though they are a member of the sunflower family.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
Water: Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.
Temprature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.
- Asters prefer climates with cool, moist summers, especially cool night temperatures.
- Select a site with full sun to partial sun.
- Soil should be moist, well-drained, and average to humus-rich.
- Plany asters in early- to mid-spring.
- Fertilize soil prior to planting.
- While the plant can be grown from seed, germination can be uneven.
- You can start the seeds indoors during the winter by sowing seeds in pots or flats and keeping them in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks.
- After 4 to 6 weeks, put the seeds in a sunny spot.
- Set seeds one inch deep.
- Many gardeners purchase a potted plant from the nursery.
- Space asters 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the type.
- Water plants in well.
- Add mulch after planting to keep soil cool and prevent weeds.
- If you re replanting shoots, use vigorous, young shoots to ensure best growth.
Harvesting: Always harvest your seeds when it s dry; around mid-day or early afternoon on a sunny day is ideal. Try not to collect them when they re damp. If you can t avoid it, lay them out separately on newspaper to dry out before putting them together in paper bags.
- Add a thin layer of compost with a 2–inch layer of mulch around the plants every spring.
- If you receive less than 1 inch of rain a week, remember to water your plants regularly during the summer, however many asters are moisture-sensitive, if your plants have too much moisture or too little moisture, they will often lose their lower foliage or not flower well.
- Keep an eye out for any stressed plants and try a different watering method if your plants are losing flowers.
- Stake the tall variesties in order to keep them upright and remember to pinch the young shoots to encourage bushiness.
- Cut asters back in winter after the foliage has died.
- Divide every 2 to 3 years in the spring to maintain your plant s vigor and flower quality.
- Used in Chinese medicine for hemorrhage, malaria, and pulmonary ailments.
- Also used for animal poisoning.
- Was formerly used as a flavoring for puddings and omelets, but is now almost unknown.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Maintenance needs vary by aster variety, but most require 1 inch of water per week and respond well to light trimming and deadheading.
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