King Size Apricot

Quick Facts:

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

King Size Apricot

Description:

Callistephus chinensis. King Size Apricot China Asters are some of the most sensational cut flowers we know of. The large, pale pink flowers are showy without being garish, and luxuriant without going over the top. The elaborate flowers open up to 8cm (3") across, with slightly curled petals of the creamiest pink. They top stems around 90cm (35") 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.

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.1g (approx. 50 seeds) FL1227A $3.99 In stock $0.00
0.5g (approx. 250 seeds) FL1227B $4.99 In stock $0.00
2g (approx. 1000 seeds) FL1227C $6.99 In stock $0.00
10g (approx. 5000 seeds) FL1227D $19.99 In stock $0.00
50g (approx. 25000 seeds) FL1227E $69.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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*Please note, this product cannot be shipped to the USA.

Quick Facts:

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

How To Grow

China Asters make some of the loveliest of all cut flowers. They really fill a vase, and they last for days and days. There are some tricks to growing healthy, productive plants, but great success can be had by following a couple of tried and true methods.

Latin
Callistephus chinensis
Family: Asteraceae

Difficulty
Moderately challenging

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to light shade

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
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.