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Callistephus chinensis 'Matsumoto Mix' / China Aster / Seeds

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Callistephus chinensis 'Matsumoto Mix' / China Aster / Seeds

Matsumoto Mix is an early flowering taller variety of China Aster.  Plants flower in a wide range of stunning semi-double flowers from June/July to October.  These are excellent plants for late summer colour in the border.  The strong tall stems of 60-80cm make these good cut flowers.  Plants attract bees and butterflies into the garden.


Callistephus likes full sun and a rich well drained soil.  Regular feeding and water will increase the flowering.


Pack of 150 seeds.  Sow in the autumn/winter for an early start, protecting the seedlings over winter in a coldframe or greenhouse, or sow in spring. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Half hardy annual (RHS Hardiness H2)
Flowers June/July to the first frost
Height 60 - 80cm
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Grow in full sun and rich well-drained soil.
Sow

Sow in spring on the surface of moist seed compost.  Cover with 3-4mm of vermiculite or compost and keep at 18-20C.  Germination takes 10-14 days.  Pot on when seedlings are big enough to handle and plant out after the last frost.  Or start earlier in autumn/winter and protect young seedlings in a cold frame or greenhouse over winter, before planting out in late spring.  

Grow

Plant about 20cm apart do not overcrowd.  Water plants regularly during the growing season and make sure they have enough fertilizer.  Deadhead spent flowers.  Remove plants at the end of the season once they have died down.