Sowed 1st batch in 4 small cells (2 each, will thin)
Seeds from Sarah Raven sow by end 2013
This aster (syn Callistephus chinensis) is a deep crimson.
A hugely long-flowering, long vase life cut flower.
Flower: Pink, White in Summer; White, Pink in Autumn
Foliage: Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn
Habit: Branching, Upright
Specific pests: Aphids , Cutworms , Eelworms (leaf and bud) , Slugs , Snails
Diseases: Aster Wilt, Cucumber Wilt,
Specific diseases: Fusarium wilt , Grey mould , Leaf spot , Tomato spotted wilt
Pruning: This cultivar can be cut or pinched back in early summer to encourage a bushier, compact form and later flowers.
Propagation methods: Seed
March – Plant container grown plants in a sunny sheltered spot
March, April, May, June, October – Sow seed in situ
April – Sow seed in containers with heat (spring)
April, May – Support or stake (optional)
May, June, July, August – Water regularly through dry periods
July – Deadhead to encourage more flowers (optional)
October – Remove annual at end of flowering season (optional)
Height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife
Cultivation: Prefers moderately fertile, moist soil in partial shade. Will tolerate well-drained soil in full sun.
Soil types: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Aspect: South, East, West
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
This planting is in the Propagation garden .
Sown from my Aster chinensis Matsumoto Crimson Seeds.
Latest Milestone Flowering
Look to ensure a distance 8.58 inches (22.0 cm) between China aster seeds when sowing to make sure your seedlings have enough space.
China aster normally grows to a mature height of 70.0 cm (that's 2.27 feet imperial) so ensure you have enough space in your garden for this plant.
Your garden has indoor light - a partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives.
Remember to water moderately.
Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.1 and 7.5 as China aster likes to be in acidic to alkaline soil.
More information about Aster chinensis Matsumoto Crimson is available in the Folia gardener's wiki. All Aster chinensis Matsumoto Crimson Care Instructions have been kindly provided by our members.
Flowering day 144
Some have opened out magenta, last well in a vase, 2weeks+
Flowering day 136
Only a few flowering so far, this one in the expected colour, others pink with pale centre.
Potting Up day 45
have moved another into larger cells and two into 9cm pots to monitor the difference.
Sprouting day 8
Sown day 0