Callistephus Chinensis (Chinese Aster)
spring or summer
dwarf types 8" to 12"; full-sized plants 1 to 3 ft
full sun to partial shade
rich well-drained soil, evenly moist; neutral to alkaline pH
early summer until frost
daisy-like blooms in a rainbow of colors
seeds; plant them in the spring after the last frost and every two weeks for continuous color
beds, borders, cut flowers, excellent for adding early color to mixed plantings
Chinese asters bloom for approximately one month and can be pulled up after blooming. Avoid planting them in the same location two years in a row to minimize fungal disease. Pinch back 6-8 inches once per summer for bushier plants that bloom into fall. Pinching back after mid-July will have opposite effect.
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