Growing Garden Asters
Last year many growers tried garden asters for the first time. Asters represent a new product for the fall market, adding variety to the garden mums and pansies growers sell this time of year. Asters come in a variety of color forms including white, pink, lavender, red and blue. The blue color form may attract the most consumer interest since it is not available in garden mums and, in general, tends to be an uncommon color in the fall landscape. Another advantage for the consumer is that asters are true hardy perennials in New England. Unlike garden mums, which do not overwinter well in this region, asters will overwinter, producing larger plants the second season.
Source: • Minnesota Commercial Flower Growers Bulletin Vol. 42 No. 3