New! Silvery-lilac quilled aster.
4–6" wide, silvery-lilac blooms open with a creamy colored center, darkening to lilac-blue as blooms mature. Long, sturdy stems. Easy to harvest due to the well-branched plant’s open and airy habit. Similar to the Valkyrie series in general performance and plant habit. Long vase life. Also known as summer aster.
Ht. 24–32". Avg. 14,200 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:10-14 days at 70-72°F (21-22°C)
SOWING:Transplant (recommended) – Sow 1/8" deep into 72-cell flats or preferred seedling container, 6-8 weeks before last frost. Heat and reduced daylength initiate flowering. Establish plantings early to avoid short stems. Direct seed – After your last frost date and when soil temperature is 65-70°F (18-21°C). Provide support. Row cover or insect netting helps prevent the spread of Aster Yellows Virus by leafhoppers. Pinching not required.
PLANT HEIGHT:Varies depending on variety.
VASE LIFE:7-10 days.
HARVEST:Fresh: Outside ray florets begin to open. Place immediately in water. Dried: When blooms are fully open.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Fertile, well-drained soil. pH: 5.5-7.5 preferred.
USES:Cut flowers, borders.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Callistephus chinensis