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Smooth Blue Aster Seeds

Aster laevis

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow the seed in late fall or early spring, planting it just under the surface and watering it once. To start the seed indoors, sow it in a flat; keep the soil evenly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F until germination, which should take place within 14-20 days. Transplant the seedlings after the last frost of spring.

Growing: This plant prefers well drained soil and full sun, but also tolerates shallow, rocky soil or moist areas. It can tolerate heat and drought, but will benefit from an occasional watering in especially dry weather. This plant spreads by rhizomes and by reseeding, forming a colony over time if volunteer plants are not removed. These plants may need staking or support. Mature plants will benefit from division after two or three years of growth. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, and often continue blooming well after frost. Deer sometimes eat the foliage of this plant, though not to a damaging extent.

Harvesting: Asters make lovely cut flowers. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened.

Seed Saving: 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.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Aster laevis

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 51,500

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 40 Inches

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Cut Flowers

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~2000 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/16 Oz Mylar (1.77g) $9.60 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $14.40 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $32.00 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $128.00 Sold Out
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $480.00 Sold Out
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Unlike many varieties of aster, Smooth Blue Asters produce perfectly smooth foliage and stems. It adapts to a wide variety of environments, though it can usually be found growing in open woodland, along roadsides, or in prairies. Its bright flowers attract bees, as well as being a valuable host plant to Pearl Crescents and other butterflies. Originally from the Greek language, "aster" means "star." At one time, asters were called starworts, frost flowers, or Michaelmas daisies; in spite of their daisy-like petals, asters are actually diminutive members of the sunflower family. In the language of flowers, these starry blossoms symbolize elegance or daintiness. They make a traditional gift for birthdays in the month of September, or for 20th wedding anniversaries.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow the seed in late fall or early spring, planting it just under the surface and watering it once. To start the seed indoors, sow it in a flat; keep the soil evenly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F until germination, which should take place within 14-20 days. Transplant the seedlings after the last frost of spring.

Growing: This plant prefers well drained soil and full sun, but also tolerates shallow, rocky soil or moist areas. It can tolerate heat and drought, but will benefit from an occasional watering in especially dry weather. This plant spreads by rhizomes and by reseeding, forming a colony over time if volunteer plants are not removed. These plants may need staking or support. Mature plants will benefit from division after two or three years of growth. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, and often continue blooming well after frost. Deer sometimes eat the foliage of this plant, though not to a damaging extent.

Harvesting: Asters make lovely cut flowers. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened.

Seed Saving: 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.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Aster laevis

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 51,500

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 40 Inches

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Cut Flowers

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