Pompon Aster (Callistephus Tall Pompon Blue) with showy blue blooms and white center make great cut flowers.
They will bloom from summer until the first hard frost in the fall.
Deadheading promotes continuous blooming.
Asters are attractive to pollinators: bees and butterflies.
Variety: Callistephus Tall Pompon Blue
Life Cycle: Annual
Light: Full sun – Partial shade
Color: Dark blue w/ white center
Sow Indoors or Outdoors:
Aster seeds are best started indoors 6 – 8 weeks before the final frost, with germination occurring in 7 – 21 days with full lighting.
Aster seeds can also be sown directly outside just after the last frost.
Planting Depth: Plant 4 – 5 seeds ¼” deep
Plant Spacing: 9 – 12"
Sowing rate: 3-4 seeds per plant
- ✅ Asters are summer season annuals. Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the potential last frost.
- ✅ Sow aster seeds on the top of the soil surface. Barely cover them with soil.
- ✅ Cover the pots with a layer of clear plastic wrap, which preserves moisture till the seeds sprout. Set up the tray of pots in a 70-75 Fahrenheit place that gets indirect light from sun.
- ✅ Take out the plastic wrap when sprouts come out. Move the pots to a spot that gets a minimum of 6 hrs of direct sun light; water the seedlings when the soil surface area dries out. Once the plants produce their 2nd set of leaves, thin the seedlings to ensure that only one aster remains in each pot.
- ✅ Incorporate a 2-inch garden compost layer into the top of 8 inches soil, in a well-draining outdoor bed that gets 6 hours of direct sun light daily. Transplant the asters into the bed at the very same depth they were in their pots, spacing them 9 to 12 inches apart.
- ✅ Harden the Aster plants off for 10 - 14 days before transplanting outdoors.
- ✅ Water aster plants deeply one or two times a week, giving approx 1 inch of moist each time, make sure that the top 6 inches of soil do not dry. Spread out a 2-inch layer of mulch over the bed to support preserve the soil humidity.
- ✅ Cut off spent blooms, and get rid of any plants that seem unhealthy to avoid the spread of diseases. Spray the asters with an insecticidal soap if leafhoppers, mites or aphids end up being an issue. Leafhoppers can spread out the aster yellows infection, so they need timely control.
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I'm very surprised how fast these sprouted. Average germination time is 7-21 days but I had spouts poking through at 4 days. At day 7 I have sprouts in 48 of 72 cells. The average temperature in the house is about 70 degrees which is probably why I had such good germination rate. I can't wait to see them when they finally bloom.
The seeds grew well in an indoor garden with 16 hours of bright light each day.
Sprouted fast, viable.
2 weeks and they still have not germinated. I will wait a little more.
I am pleased so far with these seeds. Mine are only an inch tall but are growing well