Astra: landing and care for the autumn beauty on your site
All those who are fascinated by planting flowers in the garden, sooner or later get acquainted with the queen of the autumn garden - aster. These bright perennials have many fans. The palette of colors that will decorate your garden aster, planting and caring for which is very simple, almost limitless. Also this plant is a honey plant. It possesses medicinal properties, it is extremely winter-resistant and light-requiring.
Astra landing and care
In nature, this companion plant is common in North America and Eurasia. In Russia, there are several wild species. In order for your site to be decorated with beautiful flowering aster, planting and caring for it must be carried out in accordance with certain rules. First choose a suitable place for perennial. It should be quiet (drafts and wind will deplete the plant), as well as sunny for most of the day.Take care of the drainage of the soil, about the moderate content of sand and clay in it. Make sure that the groundwater is distant, and the soil itself is light and has good breathability. If in the area where you want to plant aster seeds, other perennials used to grow, this will contribute to germination. But not if they were gladioli, carnations or tulips. The temperature of about fifteen degrees Celsius is most loved by aster. Planting and caring for this perennial should include proper hydration, that is, without excessive watering even in the hottest summer.With the formation of buds need to slightly increase the amount of water. This will contribute to abundant and dense flowering. Do not forget about fertilizing with organic fertilizers. They need to be brought into the soil before asters are planted in it. And already adult plants need to be supported with mineral fertilizers on strictly certain days. The first introduction should be made on the fifteenth day after planting. The second - immediately after the formation of buds. And the third - in the middle of flowering. The last feeding should not include nitrogen components.
How to transplant and propagate aster?
In the fall to get beautiful flowers, this should take care from the beginning of the year. In the spring, start getting seedlings from the prepared seeds. The stronger and stronger it will be, the more decorative your flowerbed will look in the end. In early spring, plant the seeds in boxes with a slightly acid soil. Water, spray and protect the seedlings from direct light. After two months they can be transferred to the open ground. But more often asters are moved to the soil closer to winter - then they will bloom only next year. But such a perennial is much more stable. Lush bush asters can be propagated by vegetative division. For this, in early spring you need to root a strong escape. Some gardeners propagate asters with apical cuttings. For this, sections of shoots about eight centimeters long are rooted in a mixture of peat, turf and sand. Then placed in a greenhouse or under the film. And in the summer or in the early autumn they are transferred to the open ground. Saplings dive and feed.