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In North America, asters provide valuable food sources for butterflies, native bees, and other insects. They are a great choice for wildflower and butterfly gardens and for planting in meadow habitats. Most asters prefer cool, moist climates, especially at night. Many need a cool or cold winter to grow back the following year. For example, the New England aster is very cold hardy and grows best in zones 3-8.
The best time for outdoor aster seed sowing is just after the last frost in your area. You can also start seeds indoors using a good seed starting mix four to six weeks before the last frost. Indoor aster seed care involves keeping the seeds at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F. (18-21 degrees C.) and providing seedlings with ample light as soon as they emerge.
If you’ll be planting outdoors, follow the seed spacing instructions for your variety. Many asters can be spaced 3 inches (8 cm.) apart, then thinned to 12 inches (30 cm.) apart after they emerge. Whether planting indoors or outdoors, cover the seeds with 1/8 inch (0.3 cm.) of fine soil. Aster seed sowing by scattering the seeds in a wildflower planting is also perfectly fine. Water the seeds after planting, then keep them evenly moist until seedlings emerge. This can happen between 7 and 21 days after sowing, depending on the aster variety.
While asters can be developed from seed, germination can be lopsided. You can begin the seeds inside throughout the winter by planting seeds in pots or pads and saving them in the fridge for 4 to about a month and a half to recreate winter lethargy. Sow seeds one inch down. Following 4 to about a month and a half, put the seeds in a bright spot in your home. Plant outside after the peril of ice has passed. (See neighborhood ice dates.)
The best an ideal opportunity to plant youthful asters is in mid-to pre-summer. Completely developed, pruned asters might be planted when they become accessible in your general vicinity.
Space asters 1 to 3 feet separated, contingent upon the sort and how huge it's relied upon to get.
Give plants a lot of water at the hour of planting.
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