|Aster Andrella Giant Ray|
The seeds are started indoors 8 weeks before the last average frost date. Since our last average freeze is April 15th here, they would be started mid-February.
Just press the seed into the pre-moistened planting soil, do not bury the seed or cover it.
Seed germination can be slow and or spotty so buy plenty of seed and start early enough. They like 70 degrees to germinate so if your seed starting area is really cold, you'll have to add a little bottom heat to get them going.
Since our heat can be brutal pretty early in the summer, starting them outdoors after mid-April might not give them much time to grow and set buds. However, you could direct sow a second planting then and hope that summer is gentle.
They like air circulation, so when setting the seedlings leave at least a foot and a half between the plants and stagger them a little so they aren't all in a row.
As the flowers mature, deadhead them for a second flush of flowers. They may re-seed so look for their return next year.
|Aster Andrella Single|
As their name implies, they are originally from China, a member of the daisy plant family.
Not favored by deer or rabbits.
Check at your favorite seed vendor or garden center - there are
so many cheerful varieties and mixes that you'll find it difficult to choose just one.