Callistephus chinensis 'Starlight Mixed'
China Aster 'Starlight Mixed'
Callistephus chinensis 'Starlight Mixed' is one of the best dwarf Asters! Intriguing spider-like flowers smother compact basal branched plants in attractive shades of blue, purple, scarlet and rose. Early to flower, adding a colourful display to borders or patio containers over a long flowering period. Height: 20cm (8in).
|Botanical name||Callistephus chinensis|
|Common name||China Aster 'Starlight Mixed'|
|Flower colour||Blue, Purple, Pink|
|Flowering time||Summer, Autumn|
|Plant type||Flower Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow February to April. Sow seed on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed compost. Cover the seed with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until after germination which usually takes 7-21 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 15-20cm (6-8in) apart.|