Purple Aster

Everything you ever wanted to know about the purple aster

Purple aster is a beautiful flower that can refer to any of a number of different species.  The purple aster is a perennial that is very easy to grow and adds a burst of bright color that’s perfect for any garden.  All of the flowers in the aster family have yellow centers and petals that make its appearance very similar to a daisy.  The center of the aster is made up of many tiny florets. 

The purple aster is actually a member of the sunflower family, which means some can grow quite tall.  Some asters may only grow to be less than a foot tall, while others may grow to be over two feet tall.  It all depends on which variety of aster you choose. 

If you want to start growing asters in your garden, you can either start with seeds or a division.  Seeds should be planted in pots indoors in early spring.  You can then either enjoy them as a potted plant or transplant them into your garden to really allow their beauty to thrive.  You will need to plant your aster seeds early in the season though if you want them to grow in time for summer.  Just plant your seeds in a pot and sprinkle potting soil over them.  You don’t need a lot of soil to cover your aster seeds.  Water them once, and you’re done.  You can expect the first blooms to arrive by mid-summer. 

Transplanting your asters into your flower garden is a great way to provide year-after-year beauty for your yard.  You can even try to plant the seeds directly in your garden if you live in a relatively temperate area.  Asters require very little maintenance year after year, but they will require plenty of compost or fertilizer in order to thrive.  In fact, you can plan on having beautiful purple asters for your garden for many years after you plant them.  This type of flower will provide blooms for your garden all the way up until the first frost of the year. 

Mulch will help reduce the amount of time you’ll have to spend weeding your flower beds.  You will need to water your asters if you live in a very dry climate.  Just make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.  Asters are fairly drought-resistant, so you will be well pleased with how easy they are to take care of, even during dry periods.  Asters do not attract many pests, but you may want to apply an insecticide just to be sure.

Asters are very easy to grow, especially if you start them from a division.  However, even if you grow your asters from a seed, you will likely need to divide them about every two years or so.  All you need to do in order to divide your asters is dig out about half of the plant and plant it somewhere else.  It’s very simple to plant a division.  Just plant it like you would a seedling of any plant.