Growing Asters is easy because they are truly “stars” of the fall garden, with the word Aster meaning star in Greek. Actually, the word star refers to the shape of the beautiful flower that some people confuse with mums or daisies.
I love the many colors of the Aster plants including blue, lavender, purple, pink, white and red. All Asters have a beautiful sunny yellow center. They are members of the sunflower family.
You can grow Asters if you live in Zones 4 through 9. After planting Asters, mulch around the plants with compost.
Here are a few other tips for growing these best flowers for fall:
No. 1: How to grow Asters: Plant in well-drained soil in the full sun. Partial shade is usually fine for Aster plants.
No. 2: How to grow Asters: Plant the Aster plants at least 18 inches apart to allow them to get bushy. If you live in the colder climates, you will be able to divide your mature clumps of Asters every few years in the late fall after they are finished flowering.
No. 3: How to grow Asters: In the early summer, pinch off or deadhead the flowers for a pretty appearance and to create a bushier plant that blooms longer into the autumn. But don’t pinch back the tops in the fall.
No. 4: How to grow Asters: Growing Asters by seed is easy. You can sow the seeds directly into the soil in early spring or after the danger of frost is past, but you can also plant full-grown Asters in the fall.
No. 5: How to grow Asters: Pick the right variety for your garden. Some Asters grow to be a foot tall while others can be taller.
Asters make excellent cut flowers for fall flower arrangements, which is another reason they are the best flowers to grow for fall. You can water them weekly unless it’s the rainy season.
Asters come in different forms. You can plant the dwarf asters which grow to only about 8 or 9 inches, Double Asters which resemble pom-poms, single flowering Asters which are the daily-like blooms, Spider Aster with thin petals which grow to 18 inches and powder puff Asters, which grow to be 36 inches tall.
Some people like to plant their Asters in a garden with mums, another best flower for all. I love to use the lavender Asters in a flower bed with mums at the entrance to my home. For me, Asters usher in the autumn season with their lovely star-shaped blooms that make you feel winter will never come!
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