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
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.
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.
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.
See our list of companion Plants for China aster to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Sow seed indoors before last frost. Can also be direct sown after last frost.
Barely cover seed.
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.
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.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing China aster about 42 days before your last frost date .
Plant out 30 to 35cm apart in early summer after soil has warmedEnsure 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.
These estimates for how long China aster takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 5 days | Min 3 days | Max 8 days (12)
Average 26 days | Min 24 days | Max 30 days (3)
Average 127 days | Min 127 days | Max 127 days (1)
Our when to plant China aster estimates are relative to your last frost date.
Aster chinensis, Aster sinensis