An Overview of Blue Aster Flower
Aster is a daisy-like flower that blooms in late summer and early fall. They come in a variety of colours and sizes, are easy to grow, and produce predictable and reliable flowers. They attract pollinators thanks to their bright colours and resistance to disease and deer.
What You'll Love
- The flowers come in almost any shiny colour
- Aster flowers brighten up gardens in late summer and fall
- These perennial flowers return each year to bloom again
- Easy to grow with proper care from the seeds
Benefits of Blue Aster Flower Seeds
The young leaves of the plant were lightly boiled and eaten as greens. The roots of the plant have been used in soups. The Iroquois used to use a combination of aster, sage, and other medicinal plants as a laxative.
Locally, aster root is used by Ojibwa to cure headaches. Aster and yellow trees attract many pollinators late in the season. During the winter, they provide shelter and food for birds and small animals that feed on seeds and shelter on dry tree trunks.
How to Care And Sow Blue Aster Flower Seed
It is recommended to improve the soil with compost before planting. Germination can be spotty when grown from seed. Plant seeds in pots or flats over winter and store them in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 weeks to simulate winter dormancy. Cold weather stimulates seed germination.
The best place to plant seeds in your home is a sunny spot where they will receive plenty of sunlight. Newly planted plants should be planted outside when the frosts have passed. Depending on the type and size of the plant, planting holes should be spaced 1 to 3 feet apart.
Make sure the plant gets plenty of water. To prevent weeds and keep the soil cool, it is recommended to mulch the soil. If you don't get more than 1 inch of rain per week during the summer, water your small plants regularly.
Even so, many asters are sensitive to moisture; If they receive too much or too little moisture, their leaves will often drop or they will not flower. Watch for plants under stress and change how you water them if they lose flowers. Make sure tall varieties are supported so they don't fall.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: Blue Aster With White Heart Seeds
- Season: Late spring
- USDA Zones: 4-8
- Maturity: 4-6 Weeks
- Soil Type: Loamy soil
- Temperature: 18° - 21° degrees Celsius
- Scientific Name: Symphyotrichum ericoides
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Asterales
- Family: Asteraceae
- Tribe: Astereae
- Genus: Aster
- Type: White Heart
- Use: Beneficial Flower
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