Valkyrie Mix Aster
A must-have for any flower cutting garden! An abundance of slim string-like petals burst from the center of each flower creating a pillowy plume of color. Large flowers can reach 5 ½” across and are supported on long stems, making this an extraordinary cut flower. This is the first time we have grown this type of aster and fell in love instantly. Treat yourself with late summer bouquets, you will not be disappointed. An easy to grow flower! Also known as Needle or Chinese Aster.
Germination: 10-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ⅛” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant after the last frost, 12-18” apart
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost, only in areas with long growing seasons
Growth Habit: Upright, may need support
Height and Width: 24-32” x 12-15"
Spacing: 10-12" apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 110-120 days
Uses: Flower beds, shade gardens, containers, cut flowers
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Harvest flowers when they are halfway open. Vase life is 7-10 days. Remove faded flowers to encourage more blooms