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Speaking of asters...

Posted by mxk3 z5b/6 MI (My Page) on
Sat, May 21, 11 at 11:01

Is it better to plant in spring or fall? I have always planted in fall because that's when they're readily available, but they normally don't survive over the winter for me. Not sure if it's a hardiness issue or they just need to be better established before the onset of winter. I'm going to the nursery tomorrow and am wondering if I should pick up a few if they have them (I think this nursery does put some out for spring planting) - since I replace every fall anyway for the gorgeous shot of color, maybe I'll have better luck with spring planting - ? . Or are they just not that hardy? I'm speaking of cultivars like Purple Dome, BTW.


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RE: Speaking of asters...

I am not by any stretch of the imagination a seasoned gardener I just wanted to add my two cents. The two I got a pink one(about 3'+) and a purple smaller one (2'-/+) have done well. They were just seedlings I put in the ground in August two years ago and I am in zone 3/4 and they have done beautifully for me. The purple one took off so much I dug a big chunk up to put in another spot and you can't even tell that I took any. Maybe you need to plant it sooner. I don't know about where you are but last year was pretty tough on all my plants they all started going dormant in Sept usually they don't start until at least mid Oct. Maybe you could try putting a mess load of mulch after they freeze to help insulate them over the winter?

I looked up the picture and it looks awful close to the one I have so I would have to say if it is the one I have then hardiness is not an issue. The first winter we had with my asters it got down to -25 to -35 and they were AWESOME the next summer.


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