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China Asters

Callistephus chinensis. The preferred Aster for bouquets, China Asters should be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out in full to partial sunlight. Their delicate yet fully formed, extravagant flowers are a bit peony-like or pom-pom like~each perfect for lavish bouquets. Plant Asters in a different spot each year to avoid fusarium. Bee friendly. Deer resistant. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 24".

Average seed life: 1 to 2 years.

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China Aster Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Row Spacing:12”-18”
Plant Spacing:10”-12”
Days to Germination:10-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Callistephus chinensis. Asters should be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after all danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds on top of soil mix, leaving the seeds uncovered but pressed firmly onto the soil surface, as light aids germination. Provide even moisture, strong light and lukewarm water. Use individual peat pots or seed starting cells to avoid root disturbance. Prepare a garden bed in full to partial sunlight with rich, well-draining soil. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside over 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting 10" to 12" apart. To encourage branching, pinch back the young plants. Keep area mulched to conserve moisture. Plant Asters in a different spot each year, and water only at ground level early in the day. For best vase life, cut them once they start to open. Summer flowering. Height: 24".

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