Aster - Pompon 'White' (Callistephus chinensis) Non GMO - Open pollinated Flower

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Aster - Pompon 'White' (Callistephus chinensis) Non GMO - Open pollinated Flower


Pompon White, scientifically known as Callistephus chinensis, is a classic annual flowering plant renowned for its stunning, fluffy, and pure white blooms. These charming, pom-pom-like flowers are a symbol of purity and grace in the garden. The compact and bushy growth habit of Pompon White makes it a perfect choice for borders, containers, or adding elegance to your flower beds. Its timeless beauty and simplicity make it a versatile addition to any garden design.

**Growing Instructions:**

1. **Planting Time:** Sow Pompon White (Callistephus chinensis) seeds in the spring, after the last expected frost date in your region.

2. **Location:** Choose a sunny location in your garden where the plant can receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Well-drained soil is essential for optimal growth.

3. **Soil Preparation:** Prepare the soil by adding organic matter to improve soil fertility and drainage. Pompon White Asters prefer a slightly acidic to neutral pH soil.

4. **Sowing Seeds:** Plant the seeds at a depth of approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch into the soil. Space the seeds or seedlings about 6 to 12 inches apart, depending on the variety's mature size.

5. **Watering:** Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the germination period. Once established, water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

6. **Fertilization:** Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer according to the package instructions to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.

7. **Thinning:** If you started your seeds indoors or have multiple seedlings in one container, thin them to allow for proper spacing when transplanting outdoors.

8. **Support:** Depending on the variety and its height, you may need to provide support such as stakes or a trellis to prevent the plants from bending or flopping over as they grow.

9. **Deadheading:** Regularly remove faded or spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming throughout the growing season and to maintain the plant's appearance.

10. **Harvest:** Pompon White Asters make lovely cut flowers for fresh bouquets. Harvest them when the blooms are fully open for the best display.

By following these growing instructions, you can cultivate Pompon White (Callistephus chinensis) and enjoy the beauty of its pure white, pom-pom-like blossoms in your garden or floral arrangements.

  • Prefers full sun (can tolerate part shade but full sun recommended)
  • moist well draining soil
  • Great cutting flower or striking in a cottage garden or at the back of a border
  • Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before all risk of frost has passed in small pots  with seed starting peat free mix. Provide a bright light and a soil temperature of 10-15°C (65-70°F)
  • Harden off and transplant to garden when seeds are strong enough to handle and all risk of frost has passed.
  • OR direct sow seeds outdoors after the last frost date. Allow for 6 to 8 inches apart. Just cover the seeds lightly and water in 
  • Days to maturity: 110 to 120 days
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Harvesting Seeds: each tiny seed is attached to a tuft of fine, fluffy down that makes seeds easy to harvest. Snip off the seed heads after the down dries out and turns off-white, then simply pull off the seeds by hand and spread them on a baking sheet to dry out for one or two days. Keep in a dark cool place until you want to start the growing process again. 
  • Seed Count: 30