King Size Appleblossom

SKU: FL4005
Almost pure white and blush deep coral pink as they age, these elaborate flowers open up to 8cm (3") across, with slightly curled petals. They top stems around 102cm (40") tall and bloom all summer. Be sure to take frequent harvests of cut flowers. Read More

Exposure Full sun

Matures 105-119 days

Season Spring

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More details about King Size Appleblossom

Callistephus chinensis. King Size Appleblossom China Asters are some of the most sensational cut flowers we know of. The large flowers are showy without being garish, and luxuriant without going over the top. They open almost pure white and blush deep coral pink as they age. The elaborate flowers open up to 8cm (3") across, with slightly curled petals. They top stems around 102cm (40") tall and bloom all summer. Be sure to take frequent harvests of cut flowers, or at least keep the plants dead-headed to prolong and enhance the bloom time. Please follow the planting and spacing instructions closely.

Annual.

Quick Facts:

    • Callistephus chinensis seeds
    • 8cm (3") wide flowers
    • Outstanding cut flowers
    • Annual

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All About King Size Appleblossom

Latin

Latin
Callistephus chinensis
Family: Asteraceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Moderately challenging

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Starting

Starting
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out, in peat pots or similar. Otherwise direct sow outdoors after the last frost date. Just cover the seeds. If starting indoors, provide bright light and a soil temperature of 10-15°C (65-70°F). China Aster seedlings are very susceptible to damping off, so provide good ventilation and only water from below.

Growing

Growing
Space or transplant 30-45cm (12-18″) apart. This spacing is key to success later  in the season, so please follow the guidance. Do not pinch back young plants. Water regularly during dry spells. This plant is particularly sensitive to over-watering, and will not thrive if over-crowded, poorly ventilated, or situated close to a heat-reflecting surface. Mulch around the plants in summer to help keep the roots cool.

Callistephus is prone to a bacteria-like organism known as aster yellows. If yellow spots become an obvious problem, destroy any infected plant before the condition spreads to others. Practice strict garden rotation with China Asters: never plant them in the same spot year after year.

How to Grow China Aster

Step 1: Starting

Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out, in peat pots or similar. Otherwise direct sow outdoors after the last frost date. Just cover the seeds. If starting indoors, provide bright light and a soil temperature of 18-21°C (65-70°F). China Aster seedlings are very susceptible to damping off, so provide good ventilation and only water from below.

Step 2: Growing

Space or transplant 30-45cm (12-18″) apart. This spacing is key to success later  in the season, so please follow the guidance. Do not pinch back young plants. Water regularly during dry spells. This plant is particularly sensitive to over-watering, and will not thrive if over-crowded, poorly ventilated, or situated close to a heat-reflecting surface. Mulch around the plants in summer to help keep the roots cool.

Tip!

Callistephus is prone to a bacteria-like organism known as aster yellows. If yellow spots become an obvious problem, destroy any infected plant before the condition spreads to others. Practice strict garden rotation with China Asters: never plant them in the same spot year after year.

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