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Callistephus Genus

China aster

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Callistephus genus (China aster). This genus has one species of annual, and in the summer it will produce blooms of blue, red, purple or white-pink, single or double flower heads.

Characteristics

Annuals, Shrubs

Cultivation

They are half hardy and will require a sunny position or a sheltered position with fertile well drained soil. The tall cultivars will need support and also remember to dead-head the blooms as this will help with flowering.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds sown under glass in the spring, and the seeds may also be sown outdoors in mid-spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Wilt disease, virus diseases, foot rot, root rot and aphids may all be troublesome.

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