Monday, October 09, 2006


Asters are an important part of the fall garden. I only have two kinds of fall Asters ( both are Novi-Belgii types), but I love them. Ordinarily they can get pretty tall - 2 to 4 feet. But I keep mine short by trimming them back to 8 inches tall in mid June. Basically it cuts them by half. This way when in bloom they only reach about 14 to 18 inches tall and require no staking. I would love to have more of them in the garden but from what I understand there pollen can crystallize bee honey. So I keep them down to minimum and give the bees other flowers to enjoy. Locate them in full sun with good ventilation. This not only ensures that you'll receive an abundance of blossoms but it well also help keep the mildew down.

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