How to Grow and Care for Aster Plants (+Growing Tips)
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Today I am here with another informative guide for you that will help you in your gardening field. Do you want to add more color to your garden bed collection? If yes, then you should try Aster plants. Aster plants are one of the easy-to-grow and amazing perennials that is every farmer’s adorable choice. It will bloom all along in the summer and fall.
Aster plants got their name from the word “star”, which is the Latin word that is why its blooms are called Superstars of the fall season. Its blooms come in shades of lavender, purple, white, pink etc.
So are you ready to add this amazing fall garden plant to your home garden that will bloom at the time of spring and cherish you with its evergreen foliage? Let’s get started to know how to grow and care for Aster plants.
- Aster plants tend to bloom at the time of summer and autumn.
- They require a good amount of full sunlight for their growth.
- Providing them with partial shade will also suit the plant.
- As you know, this plant is a perennial plant so it will last for a long time.
- It likes good moisture in the plant to grow well.
- You can make them the part of the borders which will look attractive.
Asthers are one of the blooming perennials that have a strong stem and produce daisy structure flowers in the plant. It belongs to the Asteraceae family. That also includes other varieties like daisies, sunflowers, etc.
It is Hardy Perennial that will bloom all along in the late summer till fall. It will grow about 1 to 6 feet high depending on the variety that you are growing in your home garden.
So are you ready to witness the beauty of this stunning plant that comes in various shades, ranging from white to purple?
How to Grow Aster Plants in Your Garden?
Growing aster plants with the help of seeds it’s not a difficult thing. You can do so with the help of the following explained significantly. They are as follows:
- Choose a good seedling tray and by taking the seeds plant them indoors(depending on the season You are growing).
- You have to fill the tree with a good potting mix that is moist.
- Then, sow 1-2 seeds to plug into the tray. You can even make perlite for the plant for good nutrients.
- Then cover them by putting another layer of mix to the seeds and gently press it so that the seeds come in contact with the soil.
- You have to keep misting the soil so that it remains moist.
- Keep your tree in the location with Shady area so that the process of germination begins early or fast.
How to Care for Aster Plants in Your Garden?
Below are the caring tips for Aster plants that you have to follow for the long-lasting growth of the plant. They are as follows:
- This plant will grow best in the full sunlight all long in the day.
- Providing them with sunlight in excess quantity will fade their flowers and ruin the plant with time.
- Partial shade can do better for them as compared to too much shade.
- What about the soil requirements of the Aster plants? They tend to grow in the Loamy soil for their growth.
- The ideal pH level of soil will range from 5.8 to 6.5 which is slightly acidic.
- If you are choosing alkaline soil, then you have to mix it by adding manure or compost to it.
- Aster plants require moist soil for their growth so continue watering the plants unless the flower finishes its flowering period.
- Water this plant at its base rather than spraying The water directly on the leaves as it will cause fungal infection in the plant.
- Feed them with 1 inch of water in a week so that they grow well.
Temperature and humidity needs
- This plant grows well in cold climatic conditions as they are frost Hardy perennials.
- There is no demand for the humidity for this plant. So no need to increase the level of humidity.
- Let the plant grow in the environment you have planted it to see its results.
- Fertiliser is given to the plants so that they grow at a faster pace. The same is the case with Aster plants.
- They are not heavy feeders, so you can provide them with balanced flower fertilizer for their growth.
- Feed them two times a month starting from the springtime and you have to fertilize them unless the flower blooms.
- At the time of August, you do not have to feed them with fertilizer, as overfertilization is bad for the plant.
- Pruning is required to remove all the dead and affected leaves from the plant so that new growth emerges in the plant.
- Prune this plant at the time of spring and remove the damaged and affected stems and foliage from the plant.
- To encourage more blooms at the time of fall, Cut back the stems to half of the middle of the summer.
Potting and Repotting needs
- Check your plant so that you know if it requires to be repotted.
- Repot the plant when the roots are coming out from the drainage holes of the plant.
- At the time of repotting, make use of fresh potting mix and trees. The container is 1 inch bigger than the previous container.
There are various ways to propagate a plant but today I will share with you one of the best ways to do so. Below are the steps that will let you know how can you propagate Aster plants with the help of the division method and also the cuttings method which is easier.
It is easy to propagate this plant with the help of the division method. You have to follow the following steps:
- You have to find the esters at the time of spring when the new growth begins in the plant.
- By making use of a sharp spade, dig up the plant by dividing it into various sections.
- Keep in mind that every section includes some healthy roots and good foliage.
- Then by watering the divisions, you have to re-plant them directly as per your requirements.
Also, another method of propagating the aster plants is with the help of cuttings. Cuttings are one of the easiest ways to propagate a plant so we can also this method for propagating this plant. The following are the steps:
- At the time of spring, you have to choose healthy cuttings from the parent plant along with 2 to 3 leaves on the stem.
- Then you have to dip it in the rooting Hormone.
- Fill the soil mix in every pot in which you are going to propagate the plant.
- Then put the cuttings in it cover it with a plastic sheet and make some holes so that air passes easily.
- Place the plant in a location where it can receive a good amount of bright indirect sunlight.
- After roots come out from the nodes, you can transplant them in the ground or the containers as per your desired choice.
Wrapping up the context
In this guide, you come to know that Aster plants are one of the easy-to-grow and amazing perennials that are every farmer’s adorable choice. It will bloom all along in the summer and fall. Aster plants got their name from the word “star”, which is the Latin word That is why its blooms are called as superstars of the fall season.
Its blooms come in shades of lavender, purple, white, pink, etc. so, read the whole guide to understand it properly. Till then safe gardening.
Thanks for reading! Happy Gardening!