China Aster ‘Sea Starlet Pink’

Callistephus chinensis

Features

  • Medium producer

Description

Flowers borne in airy, graceful sprays have quilled, tubular petals with fringed ends. Blooms are a warm rose-pink with a blush dusting and have a multidimensional quality. These exotic and durable flowers hold up excellently in both the garden and the vase, and long, strong stems make them an excellent cut flower. A must-grow for late summer and autumn bouquets.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 24 to 40 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

Flowers borne in airy, graceful sprays have quilled, tubular petals with fringed ends. Blooms are a warm rose-pink with a blush dusting and have a multidimensional quality. These exotic and durable flowers hold up excellently in both the garden and the vase, and long, strong stems make them an excellent cut flower. A must-grow for late summer and autumn bouquets.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 24 to 40 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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