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New England Aster Seeds

Aster novae-angliae

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  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow New England Aster seeds in late fall, planting it just under the surface and watering it once. If direct sown in the spring, the seed must be stratified first by mixing it with moist sand and stored in the refrigerator for 60 days. To start the stratified seed indoors, sow purple flower seeds 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 full sun and rich, well drained soil, but also tolerates sandy soil or clay in partial shade. New England Aster seeds grow best with regular watering, especially in dry weather. Keep in mind that too much moisture may cause root rot. Keep weeds under control, since this plant does not like competition. For bushy, compact growth, prune the plants early in the season before they bud. Mature plants may need staking or support. These asters spread by rhizomes and by reseeding, forming a colony over time if volunteer plants are not removed. Mature plants will benefit from division after two or three years of growth. Cut the stalks down to the ground at the end of the growing season for easier growth in the spring. The flowers attract numerous bees and butterflies, providing a valuable source of nectar in late fall.

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 New England Aster seeds as well as possible, then store it in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Hardy Aster, Michaelmas Daisy

Latin Name: Aster novae-angliae

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

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

US Regions: Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 71,000

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 8 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 8 Weeks

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 48 Inches

Color: Pink, Purple

Bloom Season: Blooms Early Fall, Blooms Late Fall

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

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
5.0

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The girls and flowers

I got this for the wife I don't know how well it will grow since our winter feels like the middle of early summer at the moment

5.0

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Late Season Show Stopper

This plant is a must-have for any garden, as it provides color, and pollen for the bees when not much else is available. It also comes back well year after year even in the harsh climate here in northern WI, and spreads well by means of its floating seeds.

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One of the most lovely and popular of the large asters, these fuschia flowers provide color for all of the autumn season. This variety is popular for prairie restoration projects because it provides a late-season source for pollen and nectar for our pollinator friends.
Because of its extravagant beauty and hardy growth, the New England Aster is one of the most well known native wildflowers; it makes an excellent addition to prairie restoration plantings, either in wetland or in drier areas. These fuschia flowers light up late fall growth in prairies, roadsides, and ditches. 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 New England Aster seeds in late fall, planting it just under the surface and watering it once. If direct sown in the spring, the seed must be stratified first by mixing it with moist sand and stored in the refrigerator for 60 days. To start the stratified seed indoors, sow purple flower seeds 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 full sun and rich, well drained soil, but also tolerates sandy soil or clay in partial shade. New England Aster seeds grow best with regular watering, especially in dry weather. Keep in mind that too much moisture may cause root rot. Keep weeds under control, since this plant does not like competition. For bushy, compact growth, prune the plants early in the season before they bud. Mature plants may need staking or support. These asters spread by rhizomes and by reseeding, forming a colony over time if volunteer plants are not removed. Mature plants will benefit from division after two or three years of growth. Cut the stalks down to the ground at the end of the growing season for easier growth in the spring. The flowers attract numerous bees and butterflies, providing a valuable source of nectar in late fall.

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 New England Aster seeds as well as possible, then store it in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Hardy Aster, Michaelmas Daisy

Latin Name: Aster novae-angliae

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

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

US Regions: Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 71,000

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 8 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 8 Weeks

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 48 Inches

Color: Pink, Purple

Bloom Season: Blooms Early Fall, Blooms Late Fall

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

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
5.0

Review By Stan Green

The girls and flowers

I got this for the wife I don't know how well it will grow since our winter feels like the middle of early summer at the moment

5.0

Review By Everwilde Farms

Late Season Show Stopper

This plant is a must-have for any garden, as it provides color, and pollen for the bees when not much else is available. It also comes back well year after year even in the harsh climate here in northern WI, and spreads well by means of its floating seeds.

Add your review of this product