Aster flowers Pictures

Asters, Pictures, Growing Guides, Tips & Advice

July 29, 2012 – 01:03 pm

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Asters meaning "star" in Latin are sometimes commonly called "colored daises" - but they are actually part of the same family as sunflowers and daisies, as seen in their deep yellow centers - with brightly colored petals in white, lavender, purple, pink or red.

Perennial asters prefer well-drained soil with full or partial sun.

As seeds are slow to germinate, asters can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the, or thereafter planted directly into the soil. As they establish themselves they form in to bushy clumps which after a few years should be divided and transplanted.

Perennial asters and chrysanthemums both benefit from pinching back to extend the growing season, resulting in a bushier plant and a profusion of flowers. Begin pinching back in mid-June, but curtail any pruning after early July, or it will have the opposite effect - leaving the plant without any blossoms in the fall.

The "star" of the autumn garden, perennial asters are a mainstay in any flower garden and provide colorful blooms at the end of the summer just when most other flowers are fading...

On the Web - How to plant & grow asters :

BBC Gardening - Aster - Picture, brief history, recommended varieties, how to's on sowing and planting, watering and required sunlight, common diseases.

Bushy Aster - Picture, description and how to's, soil and sun requirements, related links.

Aster - Plant Pest Handbook - Descriptions and remedies for common diseases with similar information on common aster pests, including aphids, aster leafhoppers, blister beetles, stalk borer and more.


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Whiteflower Farms

Instead of bothering trying to chill and start your seeds indoors, suggest you might Google up the site for White Flower Farms. They sell wildflower seed by the ounce or pound, it's not terribly expensive and it's ready to go into raked and prepared soil. They have several butterfly mixes.
Also, if you're only thinking of putting in a few plants, I suggest plain ol' regular ol' pink coneflowers (Echinacea) which are commonly available at nurseries. Also, if you can find it for sale somewhere, the ultimate Monarch magnet (in my opinion) is Boltonia asteroides. This is a 4-6 foot tall, late-blooming fall flowering aster which, when I grew it in New England, would be...

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