Approximately 300-400 seeds in 1 gram packet.
A widely adapted summer annual.
They are bushy in nature and grows up to 80 cm in height. The blooms of this variety is needle like, pink - peach color and looks really exciting.
Flowers all summer long and makes a very nice companion to other plants in your garden composition.
It is an excellent border plant and makes a fine display in bedding. It makes a wonderful, unique looking cut flower with a long vase life.
Full sunlight or light shade. Good drainage. Soil pH 5.5 to 7. Rich soil. Regular light watering. Feed with fertilizer two times during the growing season. May need support. Summer mulch. Deadhead.
Weed around plants to prevent competition. Grow in a different location every year. Do not overcrowd.
Do not grow close to a surface that reflects heat.
Grow in an area that has adequate ventilation. It is important to remove plants that have any sign of disease as they pass infections easily to other Callistephus.
Genus - Callistephus
Species - Chinensis
Variety - Needle Pink
Common name - China Aster
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 20-30" / 0.50 - 0.80 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun, partial shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid - Neutral (pH 6-7)
Soil type - Rich, moist, well drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Beatiful flower for gardens and flower arrangements
Bloom season - July - october
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink
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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