Best to be grown in cooler summers. In Mumbai, I sow the seeds by October end… In couple of months… they were flowering 🙂 These wonderful looking flowers can lighten your garden like none other.
How to grow them is not so important as they hardly need much care… all they need is partial to full sun depending on growth requirements among species.
That’s how the seedlings looks like –
After a month, buds starts to show –
Dwarf ground cover varieties like Snowdrift may grow no taller than 4 inches. Native asters can grow up to 3 feet tall, and may require staking.
I decided on Dwarf Aster… they grows as a perennial. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). So enjoy these beautiful flowers for many years in your garden.
Did you know – With their wildflower beauty and lush texture, asters have long been considered an enchanted flower. In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from their burning leaves could drive away evil serpents. Today, they’re known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience.
The name aster is derived from the Greek word for “star,” and its star-like flowers can be found in a rainbow of colors – white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue, with mostly yellow centers.