Asters (Callistephus chinensis) are compact and colourful with the telling blooms that behold most of the flowers in the Asteraceae family. Their lovely double blooms are ideal for rockeries, borders, open garden beds, cottage style gardens or for pots.

How to grow asters in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  4. The seedling are ready to transplant when they are large enough to handle.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 15 cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch,  such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food

How to grow asters in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. Plant directly into the pot by pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the pot. 
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Yates varieties

Aster Colour Carpet

A compact and very colourful variety with masses of shapely double blooms. Ideal for borders, open garden beds or in pots.

Growing tips

  • Remove any spent flowers to encourage a flush of new blooms
  • For best results, plant in a new position each year

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