China Aster - Key Growing Information

Single China aster (Callistephus chinensis), of a rich, purple hue.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 70-72°F (21-22°C)

SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow 1/8" deep into 72-cell flats 6-8 weeks before last frost. Heat and reduced daylength initiate flowering. Establish plantings early to avoid short stems. Direct seed - After your last frost date and when soil temperature is 65-70°F (18-21°C). Provide support. Row cover or insect netting helps prevent the spread of Aster Yellows Virus by leafhoppers. Pinching not required.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

PLANT HEIGHT: Varies depending on variety.

PLANT SPACING: 6-12".

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.

VASE LIFE: 7-10 days.

HARVEST: Fresh: Outside ray florets begin to open. Place immediately in water. Dried: When blooms are fully open.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Fertile, well-drained soil. pH: 5.5-7.5 preferred.

USES: Cut flowers, borders.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Callistephus chinensis