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Aster is a daisy-like perennial shrub which produces starry shaped flower heads. They produce delightful red flowers during late summer and autumn. The size of the plant may vary from 8 inches to 8 feet. Asters are used in rock gardens, wildflower gardens and as border plants.
The Aster is a perennial shrub which bears starry shaped flower head.
The plant is a native of North America and Eurasia and is well known for its beautiful bright red flowers.
The plant belongs to the family of Asteraceae, a distinct family of flowering shrubs.
The Aster is grown during summer and late autumn and is fairly easy to maintain.
The plant grows well when a temperature of 29 degrees Celsius is maintained.
The size of the Aster plant can vary from 8 inches to 8 feet.
The plant can grow well in well drained and moderately fertile soil.
The Aster has no specific soil pH requirement.
The plant soil should always be kept moist.
The plant soil should be enriched with leaf mould or rich organic matter in order to ensure proper drainage.
For best results, plant the Aster in the loamy soil.
The light requirement of the Aster plant is quite high.
Best results are seen in the exposure of direct light but the plant can also survive under partial shade.
The Aster plant has medium water requirements.
The plant has to be watered by maintaining proper gaps in between subsequent watering.
The plant requires being watered once in a week during the period of low rainfall.
The plant is easy to propagate. The ideal method of propagation of Aster is by using stem cuttings.
The Aster plant requires an application of any organic fertiliser at the time of blooming.
Fertilizers need to be supplied once the plant starts producing flowers in order to aid growth.
Organic fertiliser having an equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium should be applied to the flower bed.
The Aster plant can be affected by Powdery mildew, rust, smut, leaf spots, Aphids and stem cankers.
The Aster is widely grown because of its ornamental features.
The bright red coloured flowers of the plant are said to attract butterflies.