Aster Seed ( Annual )
Asters are daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads. They bring delightful color to the garden in late summer and autumn when many of your other summer blooms may be fading.
The plant's height ranges considerably, depending on the type. You can find an aster for almost any garden and they have many uses, such as in borders, rock gardens, or wildflower gardens. Asters also attract butterflies to your garden!
Asters prefer climates with cool, moist summers, especially cool night temperatures.
Select a site with full sun to partial sun.
Soil should be moist, well-drained, and average to humus-rich.
Plany asters in early- to mid-spring. Fertilize soil prior to planting.
You can start the seeds indoors during the winter by placing seed packs in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks ( some gardeners do this, some do not, from our experience, the cold treatment does seem to improve germination rate and shorten germination time ). Sow the seeds in good potting and and place the seed trays in a sunny spot.
JF553 Matsumoto Mix Aster
A wonderful cutflower aster that may be harvested by the individual stem or in its entirety. Flowers sport distinct yellow centers amidst a variety of shades including apricot, blue, pink, red, rose, salmon and white.
2" semi-double blooms are concentrated at the top of strong 30 inch stems. Fusarium tolerance and heat resistance is an added plus. Annual.
TRM478 Giants of California
Large double flowered, late summer bloomer, full color range, curved petals.
Grows about 24" tall.
TRM479 Tower Chamois ( China Aster )
Callistephus chinensis. New! Peony-type blooms with excellent uniformity.
All the elegance and beauty of peonies and garden mums in an easy-to-grow annual. Creamy salmon-colored blooms avg. 2-3" with 13-20 stems per plant. Tower features uniform bloom time and plant height across the series and mix. Also known as summer aster. Grows about 30 inches tall.
TRM480 Serenade Mix ( China Aster )
Callistephus chinensis. Spray-type habit functions as a filler flower.
Cut individual stems for design work or use as a bunch. Semidouble, 1-1 1/2" blooms in red, rose, deep rose, scarlet, blue, white, and blue-tipped and rose-tipped whites. Each plant bears dozens of flowers. Also known as summer aster Grows about 30 inches tall.
TRN164 Light Rose Double Gremlin
This is a tall double variety of Aster, and it makes an excellent addition to the cutting garden. It has a long-lasting vase life, a long stem and makes stunning floral arrangements. This variety is commonly known as Tiger Paw Aster because the double blooms have twisted petals and somewhat resemble a tiger's paw. They are full and showy, and this light rose colored Aster flower is oh so pretty!
Grows about 30" tall.
TRN417 Beauty Mix
Hardy, large flowers, blue, pink, white. An easy to grow mix of asters growing only about twelve inches tall. Hardy to zone 3.
Intense pink color. An easy to grow aster that is very carefree, growing only about twelve inches tall. Hardy to zone 3.
TRN477 Powderpuff Mix
Bouquet type asters, upright quilled double 3" flowers without yellow centers, ideal cut, one plant fills a bouquet, growing about 24 inches tall. Grown as annual.
TRN059 Bouquet Mix
Fully double 3" blooms on strong stems, excellent for cutting.
Mixture of azure blue, crimson, blue, peach, purple, rose, scarlet and white flowers. Grows 24" tall, with 12 to 18" spread.
TRM694 Pompon Hi-no-maru
Hi-no-maru is an incredibly unique Aster that can easily be grown from seed.
Similar to the famous Blue Moon Aster; however, this one is white with a red center instead of a blue center. Hi-no-maru reaches 20 inches in height, has large pompons which are 2-3 inches wide and simply loaded with petals. Massive disks of red all centered on a white outer. What a wonderful visual display for both the flower border and the vase.
3472 Matsumoto Blue Tipped White Aster
Blue and white bicolor. Heat resistant Matsumoto variety produces 2" diameter flowers with eye-catching blue flowers with white centers on upright plants. Fusarium tolerance is an added plus. Excellent cutflower. Grows about 30" tall. Annual.
TRN136 Matsumoto Mix
A mix of all Matsumoto colors. Heat resistant Matsumoto variety produces 2" diameter flowers with eye-catching blue flowers with white centers on upright plants. Fusarium tolerance is an added plus. Excellent cutflower. Grows about 30" tall.
TRM665 Teisa Stars Mix
Very compact, needle ray flowered, double flowers. Plants only grow about 6 inches tall. Excellent basket plant.
FA64 Gala Mix Aster
Very upright, sturdy stem, 4" fully double pincushion flower,
terrific cut flower. Grows 32 inches tall, blooms in 10 weeks
FA65 Giant Ray Mix Aster
Bushy, well branched, highly double 5" flowers with long,
finely pointed, needle shaped petals, great cutflower. Grows 24
inches tall, blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
IP065 Pavlova Tiger Paw Mix Aster
Tall double, long stems, incurved and twisted claw-like petals,
basal branched, neat cutflower. Grows 30 inches tall, blooms in
10 weeks from seed.
BM97 1000 Wonders MixAster
Dwarf, large double blooms, well branched, long flowering bedding plant. Grows 8 inches tall, blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
3001 Duchesse Mix ( Aster )
Double peony-type ball flowered mix for country garden or cut, stong stem, late flowering August-Sept., wide color range, grows 28" tall. Annual.
3004 Milady Mix ( Aster )
Compact late flowering pot aster, bushy, large round double
Duchesse-type flowers, grows 10" tall. Annual.
BM36 Hulk ( Aster sp. )
One-of-a-kind "petal-free" Aster has a super-long shelf life
A lot prettier than its moniker would imply, but just as large,
green and impressive as its famous namesake! This niche variety
produces sturdy stems topped with golden-yellow disks that are
ringed with collars of green bracts - completely petal-free!
High disease resistance and an extremely long life in the vase
make this specialty Aster one of the year's most fashionable
choices. Annual. 20 - 24".