When I first decided to trial Aster ‘Ostrich Plume’ in the Higgledy Garden I was somewhat sceptical…I thought that it was going to be far too flouncy for an alpha male, flower farmer type chap like myself to be growing…but I was swayed….yes it is super flouncy but it’s comedic with it…it’s a cut flower that doesn’t take itself too seriously. I’m growing it again this season and look forward to reacquainting myself with it’s antics.
How To Grow Aster ‘Ostrich Plume’.
*I start mine off in three inch square pots, undercover at the beginning of April. Then sow some more outside in early May.
*Sow them to a depth of about 3 millimetres….a light covering in other words…don’t bury the blighters too deep.
*Some folk sow much earlier, February and March…I think that’s too early…but experiment if you fancy.
*After about six weeks and after the frosts have defo gone, plant outside a foot apart from each other.
*Make sure they are in direct sun…a little shade is OK, but not too much.
*Ensure that the ground is free draining.
*Mine flowered in July right through into October.
*Dead heading will keep the little darlings flowering.
April 7, 2013 @ 8:06 pm
Hi Ben, sowed mine, also into modules, but noticed in your pic. that you have a good sized plant. When do you move them from module to pot?
April 8, 2013 @ 7:26 am
In the days when that pic was taken I sowed into round pots…but discovered that slugs hide around them…..these days I sow into 15 cell seed modules…they stay in there for 4-6 weeks and then go out after the frosts…I NEVER pot seedlings up.
March 17, 2013 @ 4:51 pm
My nan had these in her very flouncy garden, I cant wait to have them in mine