Needle- or Quilled-type blooms atop long sturdy stems. Large, brightly colored, 3½ - 5½" flowers bloom in white, light yellow, pink, crimson, rose, and dark and light purple. Easy to harvest due to the well-branched plant's open airy habit. Long vase life. Also known as summer aster. Ht. 26-32". Avg. 15,500 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 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: Horizontal support may be necessary. Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant into cell packs or individual containers when the 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 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.