Why grow asters?
- At this time of year when summer’s blooms are fading, asters are like fall mums – still growing strong! Their cheery, daisy-like flowers add vivid colour to the porch in a container or planted in the garden.
- They are frost-tolerant and usually bloom through November.
- They make great cut flowers for bouquets!
- Asters provide a late-season nectar supply for our pollinator friends.
- Asters prefer full sun but will grow in part sun, likely with fewer blooms.
- Soil should be moist and well-drained, and it helps to mix in some compost.
- If planting in ground, add a layer of mulch.
Fun fact: According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, asters are also referred to as “Michaelmas daisies,” after the holiday of the same name that occurs on September 29.
For more aster info: https://www.almanac.com/plant/asters