Aster amellus grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Aster also known as European Michaelmas-daisy, Aster amellus perennial evergreen or annual plant, used as ornamental plant for the flowers and it’s drought tolerant, can be used as cut flower and attracted pollinators, can grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 3-10a and with right care in hardiness zone 10b
Leaves color green in linear shape.
Aster amellus flower
Flower color purple, pink or white, the inner part colors can be yellow, orange or pink in daisy shape, the flowers can grow in high density.
Moist, well-drained soil, better to put fertilizer 2-3 times a year once in the spring for growth, and for bloom in the end of the spring to early summer possible also in the autumn
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction, Vegetative Reproduction – start by cutting for stems put the stem, better peat soil but possible other soil like potting mix, take care to have moist soil and high humidity, better to start cutting in the spring but possible to do it as long as the temperature above 25C (77F)
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but in order to get specific color start by cutting will ensure the color, also it’s not hard to start from cuttings
Difficulties or problems when growing: Invasive
Planting season: Spring to Summer in hardiness zone 3-10a, spring or autumn in hardiness zone 10b
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Just for design, better to prune the dead flowers and also mature flowers, it’s increase that chance to get another wave of flowers
Size of the plant? 0.6-1.2m, 24-48 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water to average amount of water, the plant can grow in drought tolerant condition but prefer regular amount
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade (in hardiness zone 10b only in half shade)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, start with container that bigger than the plant at least 200%, use potting mix or peat soil with perlite and mix it with hummus and organic matter, use chopped mulch to keep the soil moist, let the bottom of the pot fill in water but dry in the same day, drainage of the soil is important and need to make enough holes.
Bloom season? Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower: Daisy shape flower in purple, pink or white colors, the inner part colors can be yellow, orange or pink
Alternative names: Aster elegans, European Michaelmas-daisy