You will need
- - peat;
- - sand;
- - superphosphate;
- - wood ash;
- - potassium sulphate;
- - ammonium nitrate.
Annual asters that are most often found in the gardens of Central Russia, propagated by seeds. The seeds of these flowers can be directly sown in open ground, you can plant asters in the greenhouse and planted in the flower bed seedlings. If you want to grow your own seedlings in March or early April, prepare a soil mixture of six parts sod land, one part sand and two parts peat. Pour the soil into the box and put it on top of a two-centimeter layer of sand.
Sow the flower seed in sand to a depth of half an inch. After sowing the soil in the box should be carefully watered.
It is sometimes recommended to sow asters in late January or early February. The boxes with seeds after sowing are stored under the snow until March. It is believed that the seeds tempered in this way, better resist pathogens. In March, the boxes are transferred to a room with a temperature below twenty degrees. A week after that will begin to appear on sprouts.
After sprouts appear at the two true leaves, seedlings asters in pots or boxes. The distance between individual seedlings must be at least five centimeters. If the plants have time to stretch, Zaglebie their cotyledon leaves. If you are growing seedlings in the flat on a windowsill, use a fluorescent lamp as additional lighting.
In mid-may transplant the flowers in the open ground. For astr fit lit smooth area of soil, which after rain is not stagnant water. Try not to plant these flowers in areas where in the next three years has grown potatoes or tomatoes. In the ground before planting, make sixty grams of superphosphate and one hundred grams of wood ash per square meter.
Put plants at a distance of twenty to thirty centimeters apart and pour.
In ten or fourteen days after transplanting, make the per square meter of soil twenty grams of sulphate of potash, thirty grams of superphosphate and the same amount of ammonium nitrate. Try to make sure that the fertilizer does not fall on the leaves.
Regular watering of asters, after watering loosen soil and remove weeds.