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China aster      

Callistephus chinensis

China aster is part of the Callistephus genus. Its scientific name is Callistephus chinensis.

This is a half hardy annual that produces ponpoms of colourful, bright flowers in shades of pink, purple and white in late summer and early autumn

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cerise pink and   Pansy purple and   Cadmium red. When mature, blooms are roughly 8.0 cm (that's 3.12 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers are of a pompon form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Sea green and   Lincoln green colour. It is a non-edible flower that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. China aster normally grows with a mound-forming habit to a mature height of 70.0 cm (that's 2.27 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer. This plant is a great attractor for bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife China aster is a great choice. Crego, Opus, Giant Princess, Crego Giant Mix and Ostrich Feather are some of the most popular varieties of China aster for home gardeners to grow.

China aster is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about China aster have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow China aster

  • Partial Sun

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  • Medium

Seed self-sows freely, to prevent dead head immediately after flowers are spent.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. China aster tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 5.1 and 7.5 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that China aster is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors.

Growing China aster from seed

Sow seed indoors before last frost. Can also be direct sown after last frost.


Barely cover seed.


Seeds are very prone to dampening off, so be sure to keep air circulation high and keep soil on the dry side, watering from below.

Ensure a seed sowing distance of 8.58 inches (22.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing China aster about 42 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting China aster

Plant out 30 to 35cm apart in early summer after soil has warmed

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as China aster is a tender plant.

By our calculations*, you should look at planting out China aster about 7 days after your last frost date.

Companion plants for China aster

These plants have been known to grow well alongside China aster so consider planting:

Repellent plants for China aster

These plants will not grow well with China aster so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common China aster problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect China aster plants:

Other names for China aster

Aster

Aster chinensis, Aster sinensis

China aster care instructions

How long does China aster take to grow?

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