Cut individual stems for design work or use as a bunch. Semidouble, 1-1 1/2" blooms in red, carmine, rose, scarlet, blue, light blue, blue-tipped and rose-tipped whites. Each plant bears dozens of flowers. Also known as summer aster. Ht. 25-34". Avg. 11,400 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
Latin Name: Callistephus chinensis
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
Shipping Information & Notes
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 70-72°F (21-22°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant to cell packs or individual containers when first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant after the last frost. Row covers help prevent the spread of disease by leaf hoppers. Remove the covers before flowers bloom. Direct seed: Sow after the last frost when the soil temperature is 65-70°F (18-21°C).
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Fertile, well-drained soil.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies. Support, such as horizontal mesh, is recommended.
PLANT SPACING: 6-12". Pinching is unnecessary.
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh: When outside ray florets begin to open. Place immediately in water with floral preservative. Note: Vase life is 5-10 days.