Aster ‘Paeony Flowered Formula’ mix

Callistephus chinensis ‘Paeony Flowered Formula’

Aster ‘Paeony Flowered Formula’ mix

Callistephus chinensis ‘Paeony Flowered Formula’
A fantastic mix of large-flowered China Asters!
The China Aster (Callistephus Chinensis) has lovelylarge double-flowered blooms. The China Aster is ideal for planting in baskets or planter. Makes a great cut flower with its long stems! Dead heading will promote a longer flowering period.

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Aster ‘Paeony Flowered Formula’ mix
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How we measure

From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Specifications+
Color: Mix
Edible: No
Flowering: August - October
Cutting flowers: Yes
Grafted: No
Green stayer: No
Growing Height: 75 cm
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: No
Latin name: Callistephus chinensis ‘Paeony Flowered Formula’
Leafs all year: No
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Self polinating: No
Planting+

China Aster seed requires no prior treatment.

How to Sow

Indoors: March-April.
Outdoors: April- June.

Simplest way indoors is, from March in a propagator on the window-sill - or in a cold frame. Perfect temperature would be 18-22 degrees centigrade. Fill pots with potting compost and sow one see per pot. Cover with 0.5 cm soil and sprinkle with water. Heat will do the rest. Plant out from mid-May. Hold them back until the weather is reasonable outdoors, by standing them in a cooler but light place.

In the garden, they need a sunny spot and can be sown from the end of April up to and including June. Loosen the soil with a fork to 30 cm deep and draw a straight furrow about 1 cm deep. Label the row, then mix the seed with some sharp, dry sand and sow lightly along the row. Cover with 0.5 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Extra rows at 30 cm apart.

Seedlings are liable to frost damage so protect them with garden fleece. The seed will germinate in 14-21 days.

Care+

Water extra during dry periods, keep the bed weed-free and your China Asters will thrive, even in poor soil. China Asters are very undemanding but do not like their 'feet' wet. The plant can flower from June until the first frosts. Keep dead heading to promote flowering.

Harvesting

Simply cut the tall stems with scissors or a sharp knife to pick them. Nipping them off with thumb and index finger is also possible.

Extra+

The China Aster (Callistephus chinensis) is an annual that grows 60 to 70 cm. Not surprisingly, given the name, this plant originated in China.

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