Callistephus chinensis ‘Standy Dark Blue’
DARK BLUE CHINA ASTER
Callistephus chinensis ‘Standy dark Blue’ has unusual cushions of flowers in a stunning new colour of rich, deep purple-blue.
The petals are unusually rolled, creating large cushions of full double flowers with golden eyes.
And it gives arm loads of commercial quality cut flowers, as well as billowing clouds of glorious garden display.
Top quality commercial cut flowers
‘Standy Dark Blue’ has been bred for hardiness, particularly good disease resistance, and profuse commercial flowering. Making it easy to grow and care for.
Stems are long and strong so it has good wind resistance and an upright growing habit.
So it does not sprawl about it the garden easily, despite the very large flowers and tall height.
It is stunning at the back of a flower bed or behind roses.
Quick from seed to flower
Callistephus chinensis ‘Standy Dark 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 as early as possible in spring. Then continues to bloom right through for many months until late autumn.
Easy to grow in the garden
Plant ‘Standy Dark 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.
‘Standy Dark 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 ‘Standy Dark Blue’ is an easily grown annual.
Approx. 75cm High in a mass of glorious dark blue flowers x 25cm Wide upright plant.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Sow Callistephus chinensis ‘Standy dark 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: 100 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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