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Planting Instructions for Aster:

Bloom Time:  Late summer and fall Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, well-drained Moisture:  Little extra moisture required, water if wilting and let dry between watering
Planting Depth:  With top of crown about 1" below soil level Spacing:  15 to 18" for smaller plants, 24 to 30" for large varieties

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. If condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out then close it again. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Aster in sun to part shade in average to rich, well-draining soil. Avoid areas that may collect water or excessive snow in winter.

Moisture:  Aster is relatively drought tolerant but will wilt to let you know when it is really dry. Water only as needed and let the soil dry out between watering. Black spot or wilting that occurs while the soil is moist may be signs of fungus problems. If this happens let them dry out and dust or spray with a fungicide.

Spacing:  Plant about 15 to 18" apart although some varieties can grow quite large and full so those can go 24 to 30" apart.

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1" below soil level and mulch lightly after planting. Most asters sprout at varying depth below the ground and no roots should be exposed after planting.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Aster is very adaptable to any loose, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. After planting you can water in once and then they shouldn't need to be watered again until after they are sprouted and actively growing.

Landscape Uses:  Plant Asters in the mixed perennial garden with Achillea, Gaillardia, shasta daisies, Echinacea, Salvia, Rudbeckia, Dendranthema (mums), Sedum, daylilies and ornamental grasses. Taller varieties will make impressive masses of flowers in the fall and work well at the back of the garden. Shorter varieties look good as border plants among other sturdy perennials.

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