About Golden Aster: This member of the aster family thrives on neglect, producing its yellow daisy-like flowers for months in the late fall. It can still be found primarily in the midwestern region of the United States, though its natural habitat is decreasing. It usually springs up in sandy or dry prairie soil or along roadsides.
Golden Aster Germination: In late fall, direct sow just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing. This plant prefers dry or sandy soil.
Growing Golden Aster Seeds: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Mature plants tolerate drought well, and will not need watering. Cut the stalks down to the ground at the end of the growing season for easier growth in the spring. Golden Aster attracts butterflies.
Harvesting Golden Aster: Asters make lovely cut flowers. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened.
Saving Golden Aster Seeds: After flowering, the plant will produce seed heads containing small clusters of seed with white fluff. Since sparrows and goldfinches love to eat the seed, harvest it promptly to avoid loss. Cut the mature seed heads, or shake them into a container to remove the seed material. Clean the seed as well as possible, then store it in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Golden Aster Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Prairie Golden Aster, Lemonyellow False Goldenaster, False Camphorweed Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 18-24 inches Spacing: 15-18 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry USDA Zone: 4-8 Seeds Per Oz: 19,000 Produces hairy, pointed 1-3” leaves and yellow daisy-like blossoms with yellow centers.