China Aster ‘Matador Mix’

Callistephus chinensis

Features

  • Medium producer

Description

One of the tallest varieties we’ve ever grown, these waist-high stunners produce a staggering amount of flowers. Each towering plant is loaded with huge, chrysanthemum-like blooms that come in shades of purple, carmine, rose, white, gold, and lavender. One of the hardest working and most versatile series, Matador is a must-have addition to every cutting garden.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 32 to 36 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 110 to 120 days
Plant spacing: 9 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 6 to 8 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Don’t bury seeds too deeply; lightly cover with soil or vermiculite.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest single-stem varieties when flowers are 50 percent open. For spray varieties, harvest when one-quarter of the flowers on a stem have opened. Expect a vase life of 7 to 10 days.

Details

Description

One of the tallest varieties we’ve ever grown, these waist-high stunners produce a staggering amount of flowers. Each towering plant is loaded with huge, chrysanthemum-like blooms that come in shades of purple, carmine, rose, white, gold, and lavender. One of the hardest working and most versatile series, Matador is a must-have addition to every cutting garden.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 32 to 36 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 110 to 120 days
Plant spacing: 9 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 6 to 8 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Don’t bury seeds too deeply; lightly cover with soil or vermiculite.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest single-stem varieties when flowers are 50 percent open. For spray varieties, harvest when one-quarter of the flowers on a stem have opened. Expect a vase life of 7 to 10 days.

Sources

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