Friday, April 9, 2010
China Aster Crego Mixed
Botanical Name: Callistephus chinensis
China Aster are long-stemmed daily-like flowers head about 4-6 inches diameter. The Crego Mix variety contains flowers of white, pink, red and blue. China Asters are good as cut flowers in bouquets, beds, borders or pots because of their longevity.
How to grow
Temperature germination : 70F
Days to germination: 10 days
Bloom time: Mid summer - early fall
Light: Full sun
Soil needs: Moderately fertile, well drained, consistently moist soil with a Ph of 5.1-7.5.
Sow indoors 6 - 8 weeks prior to last frost or direct sow into garden after last frost.Sprinkle seeds over soil mix and cover to a depth of 1/16". Thoroughly moisten soil and keep moist throughout germination. Soil should not be soggy. Transplant to garden when all danger of frost is gone.
Plant established plants 9" -12" apart. Root stimulator will encourage quicker rooting and stronger root system. Use a slow release fertilizer at planting time or begin using water-soluble fertilizer at planting time and continue to use every 3 weeks throughout the growing season. Apply 3 inches of vegetative mulch plants in summer to help retain soil moisture. Water regularly - don't over water. Dead head to keep plants neat and prevent self seeding.