Aster Ostrich Feather
Ostrich Feather Aster (Callistephus chinensis) is a flower that belongs to the daisy family. This Chinese flower has flat petals and ostrich-like feathers (ostrich). Daisies are often used as cut flowers or as ornamental plants since the Victorian era around the 1900s in the United Kingdom until now often used as decoration. This flower plant is very suitable in the highlands and lowlands, the height of this flower is around 60cm, the shape is classified as double bloom, the size of the flower is large compared to other types of daisies.
Sow indoors for surest results, February-April, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant seedlings, 5cm (2″) apart, to other trays when large enough to handle (always hold by a leaf, never by the stem). Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May-June, 30cm (1′) apart, when frosts are over. Or, sow outdoors for ease, April-May, where they are to flower, 0.5cm (¼) deep, into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Thin seedlings to 30cm (1′) apart. Water well until plants are established.
Remove dead heads to prolong flowering season. For long lasting cut flowers, pick just as the buds begin to show colour.
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