I love China asters and every year I grow them from seeds. Aster is beautiful in bouquets. Its lush, light flowers on long sturdy stems are magnificent in large bouquets. Cut aster flowers retain freshness in water in bouquets for up to 14 days. I only must not forget to change the water in vases for fresh.
It's said Aster is the queen of the autumn flower garden. In recent times, annual China asters were planted in urban flowerbeds after biennials that had faded and lost their decorative features. China Aster can also be used to replace faded early spring bulbs.
I plant annual China aster in flower beds or in tubs at any time. Their roots are very branched and easily restored if they are slightly torn off. Therefore, even adult plants can be replanted, with buds or already blooming.
Asters are inherently cold-resistant, can endure short-term frosts up to minus 7 °С. Our climate is changeable, the temperature is up and down during the autumnal day.
In dry weather abundant watering is required, but asters are very sensitive to excessive moisture. So I water them not often. In my garden they bloom profusely until the first frost. I feed plants with mineral fertilizers which improve their growth, the duration of flowering, the brightness of flowers.
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