China Aster ‘Lavender Grey’


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China Aster ‘Lavender Grey’

Callistephus chinensis

The amazing China Aster ‘Lavender Grey’, we all loved it in the trials last summer and finally here it is to grow in your own gardens.

The fully double flowers are ever so slightly shorter than the other Asters in the range so pop this in front if you are growing more than one. I particularly love this one mixed with peach.

Not to be confused with the perennial Aster, this showstopper is from Northern China.

How to Grow:

China Aster ‘Lavender Grey’ is both cold and light sensitive so don’t start them too early.

Seeds will benefit from ‘a bit of warmth’ to germinate, 20-22°C is ideal, a warm kitchen or a heat mat.

I sow one seed per cell on to the surface of the compost only covering with a clear propagator lid to retain moisture and humidity.

Plant 22cm apart after the last frost.

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Variety: Callistephus chinensis
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Plants require full sun
Sow: Spring
Height: 6070cm
Spacing: 22cm
Harvest: dramatic displays from July until September
Seeds per packet: 50 (approx. counted by weight)

Cutting /Vase Life:

A fabulous cut flower, producing large blooms on strong slender stems. Pick as soon as flowers begin to open and rest stems in a bucket of water for a few hours (preferably overnight), this is called conditioning. Excellent vase life.