Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’
MATSUMOTO BLUE CHINA ASTER
Glorious rich blue shades on heads of large semi-double flowers with golden eyes.
Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’ gives commercial quality cut flowers, as well as billowing clouds of glorious garden display.
Top quality commercial cut flowers
‘Matsumoto Blue’ has been bred for hardiness, disease resistance, and profuse commercial flowering. And no prizes for guessing it is the darling of the huge cut flower market in Japan, where floristry flowers are highly valued.
Quick from seed to flower
So Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’ is a very easily, quickly grown annual.
And it germinates rapidly and generously from seed, and is quickly large enough to transplant out into the garden. Of course it will flower the first year from seed.
Easy to grow in the garden
Plant in Sun to Part Shade.
And it is perfect for both garden and pots display, as well as providing armloads of superb cut flowers for vases.
‘Matsumoto Blue’ is not a water-hungry plant. It is perfectly happy with average garden watering, and prefers well-drained soil, with an occasional deep watering as weather requires.
Easily grown annual.
Approx. 60cm H x 25cm W.
SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’ at any time indoors in punnets / or scatter directly in garden in winter-early spring.
Because China Asters germinate easily both in the garden and indoors.
INDOORS: Sow seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now barely cover the seeds with mix / vermiculate / fine grit, and only to a maximum depth of the seed’s own diameter.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
Now keep your sown punnet moist, in a warm, well-lit position (but not in direct sunlight).
A bright window-sill or corner is fine.
You can use a temperature controlled heat mat if you have one.
Because temperatures of 18-21C are optimum for rapid and thorough germination.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 7-14 days.
SEED COUNT: 300 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).