Asters – How to Plant this Easy To Grow Perennial
Are you looking to plant a perennial that can grow up to 8 feet?
Welcome back to Beginner Gardening Wednesday, our series that helps to turn every thumb green. Every Wednesday of this month is part of that series and we’ve been posting articles about easy to grow perennials. So far, we have covered:
Today, we are turning our attention to another perennial called Asters. These are flowers that look similar to daisies with the star-shaped flower head. However, this flower can actually grow up to 8 feet high or as small as 8 inches – all depending on what you want and need.
How to Plant Asters
- Spring time is the perfect time to plant asters. They can be planted anytime between early and mid spring.
- Prior to planting make sure to fertilize the soil.
- According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this plant can be grown from seed, however, often time germination is uneven. They recommend during winter to start the seeds indoors. You can do this by sowing the seeds in containers and keeping them in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. After that, plant the seeds in a sunny spot of your garden.
- When planting the seeds, make sure to dig a hole at least 1 inch deep.
- Keep the spacing about 1 to 3 feet apart.
- Water well by installing an aeration tubes. An aeration tube is a direct to root watering system that promotes deep root growth and more above ground growth.
- Add mulch to help keep the soil moist and prevent weeds.
A Quick Note about Perennials
Perennials are plants and other foliage that come back year after year. They are a gardener’s best friend because to help to reduce the amount of work needed in the garden every year.
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