Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’
MATSUMOTO BLUE CHINA ASTER
Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’ has glorious rich blue shades on heads of large semi-double flowers, with golden eyes.
Clouds of blue
‘Matsumoto Blue’ creates great billowing clouds of glorious garden display.
With masses of flowers shading through blues from deepest to softer, as individual flowers open and mature at different times.
And it gives arm loads of 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.
Stems are long and strong so it has good wind resistance and it has a very upright growing habit.
So it does not sprawl about it the garden.
Quick from seed to flower
Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’ is a very easily, quickly grown annual.
And it germinates rapidly and generously from seed.
Plus is quickly large enough to transplant out into the garden.
Of course it will flower the first year from seed.
Because from seed sowing to flowering is approx. 3 to 3.5 months.
Commercial cut flower farmers like to sow it in autumn for flower production early in spring.
It then continues to bloom right through for may months.
Easy to grow in the garden
Plant ‘Matsumoto Blue’ in Sun to a little Part Shade.
And it is perfect for both pot display and garden, 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 hot weather requires.
Callistephus chinensis ‘Matsumoto Blue’ is an easily grown annual.
Approx. 60cm High in a mass of glorious flower x 25cm Wide upright plant.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
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: First 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: 200 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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