Aster, Matsumoto Striped Adaptive Mix (Organic)
Callistephus chinensis. 85 days.
We received this strain as a supposed purple striped selection and it appears to have been a hybrid. After a few years of selection, all plants are striped but the color varies throughout the population, and we like it that way. They are all semi-double, 2″ wide, white striped flowers that vary on a spectrum from dark purple to light lavender to pink. Plants are tall enough (2 ½’) and stems are long and strong enough to make great cut flowers. They hold well in a vase and their striped petals offers beautiful contrast. Plants are also disease resistant. Asters are a gateway flower to seed saving – choose your favorite color stripe combo and go for it! A dehybridized population from the Matsumoto series, which was developed by Japanese breeders specifically for the cut flower market.
Direct sow after danger of frost or sow indoors 6 weeks before last frost to transplant after danger of frost for earlier blooms. Thin plants to 18″ centers. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Prefers full sun.
Collect seeds from flower heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Cross-pollinates easily; if seed saving isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/2 mile.