Excellent, richly flowering annual for cutting. Medium-sized flowers with piped center on strong stem.
Upright, pyramidaly steady plant and grows up to 70 cm in tall.
Rich flowers appears from July to October.
In the garden these plants look great as part of a border; they are also used often as a cut flower in arrangements.
Good to sow till Jan 2010.
Genus - Callistephus
Species - Chinensis
Variety - Light Yellow
Common name - Chrestia Aster
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0.70 m
Spread - 0.25 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun, partial shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Mildly acid to neutral (pH 5.5-7)
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Regular light watering
Landscape uses - In the garden these plants look great as part of a border; they are also used often as a cut flower in arrangements.
Bloom season - July - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
Seeds should be lightly covered once sown. Sow in the spring, following the last frost.
If you plan to grow China Aster as seedlings indoors for later transplanting then they should be germinated at a temperature of +18-21C for two weeks. Seeds should be sown in peat pots in a vermiculite mix and water supplied from below.
After about seven or eight weeks the seedlings can be planted in the garden in an area of partial shade or full sun with a spacing of 30-50cm.
They prefer to grow in a rich soil that has good drainage and a pH of 6 to 7.
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