China Aster Rose of Shanghai Light Blue
China Aster ‘Rose of Shanghai Light Blue’
The tallest China aster we’ve ever grown, these towering, waist-high plants produce a bumper crop of giant, soft lavender-blue flowers with cheerful golden centers. These beautiful and durable blooms hold up wonderfully in both the garden and the vase. Giant, slightly nodding flower heads ride atop long, strong stems, making them an excellent cut flower and a must grow for late summer and autumn bouquets.
Plant type: annual
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 110-120 days
Plant spacing: 9-12”
Pinch: not necessary
Approx seeds per packet: 50
How to Grow:
Start seed indoors in trays 6-8 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Don't bury seeds too deeply; lightly cover with soil or vermiculite.
Harvest when the outer petals on the flowers begin to open. Immediately after harvest, strip foliage off the lower half of the stem and place into water. With flower food, expect a vase life of up to 2 weeks.
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