Plant Now: China Asters

China asters

The China aster (Callistephus chinensis) has long, rigid stems and a vase life of 10-14 days, making it ideal for the cut flower garden. The single flower types look a bit like coloured daisies, the doubles like pompoms. They come in all colours too – yellows, reds, purples, pinks, apricot and white. They are easy to grow – can, in fact, be sown in succession from early spring for a continuous display from summer till the first frosts. Seedlings are worth planting until the middle of summer. Once established, liquid feed fortnightly. As asters are susceptible to wilt attack, they are best planted in a different spot each year.

This lovely image of double-flowered China asters comes from foro de plantas.

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