The aster plant is a flowering perennial that belongs to the Compositae family and is found in many gardens. It grows best in areas with full or partial sun and well-drained soil, but it can also thrive in the shade if there is sufficient water. The flowers are known for their beauty as well as their ability to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. They are often used to decorate weddings and other occasions.
Why buy an Aster?
Planting an Aster is a great way to add some extra colour and fragrance to your garden. Aster plants are also low maintenance, and you can keep them in a pot for several months and then transplant them to their permanent home when they have grown to their full size.
They are used to cover the ends of the branches of a flower arrangement or as stems for hanging baskets. They can also add some extra pizazz to your front steps or flowerbeds.
Where to plant Aster
In cooler climates, you can plant your Aster under a porch or balcony or in a walled bed. If you live in a warm climate, you can find that Aster likes partial shade and will grow in a container as well as in the ground.
Aster thrives in parts of the country that receive at least six inches of rain every week. The plants in containers and walls are typically destroyed by frequent rains and the annual flowering cycle can be shortened because of the lack of moisture in the soil.
How to care for this plant?
The first thing you need to remember is that the aster flower is sensitive to cold and wet climates. When these factors are present, the flower does not flow, and the petals fall off. Even if it is not that cold or damp, the flower will dry up if it is not watered enough. The plant should be watered when the soil feels dry, not before. Don't water when the leaves are wet and it should be allowed to dry completely between waterings.
Origin of Aster
The aster plant originated in the mountains of Europe and Asia. It was named by Sir William Jackson Hooker in 1839. It was first bred as an ornamental plant with its flowers attracting butterflies. Its earliest ancestors were the egg leaves of rue or oxalis. Easy Growth Since the aster plant is a perennial, it does not need much care.
The leaves should be divided every two years as they will just grow again. It is easy to grow as there is minimal care. The tender leaves can also be eaten by chickens. In fact, these leaves are frequently used in bonsai or miniature landscapes.
Tips for your Aster
Make sure that you water your Aster plants well when it’s hot or during periods of drought. They like to be placed at a location where they get morning sun as well as afternoon shade and a bit of morning dew.
As a rule of thumb, keep all of your Aster plants watered the day you plant them. Although your plants may take care of themselves, it’s best not to force them to do so because it may stress them out. You can reduce this stress by not feeding them at first and sticking to a watering schedule.
• Select a spot with well-drained soil that receives plenty of sunlight. The plant will need about six hours of direct sunlight during the day.
• Don't trim the stems and leaves when the plant is growing. This will prevent your plant from sending out new shoots that might contain pests and diseases.
• Provide enough water for your plant to stay hydrated. But water sparingly at first. You'll have a better harvest when you give the plant plenty of water when it starts growing.