Asther overwintering

krycek1984(6a/Cleveland)April 23, 2011

Hey all!! Spring is great, isn't it?!?!?!

So I got a white asther last year. It was the only thing that didn't overwinter! The Foxgloves flourished and I have a ton of them now, the coneflower was fine, even the Summer Midnight Delphinium is up and doing great!

But the white aster turned to mush, apparently. I find that odd because aren't foxgloves and delphiniums the ones that are prone to turning to mush? We have well drained soil, so.

Any thoughts? Have others found this to be common?

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asters are hardy and should come up from the roots. however asters are late flowering plants. Maybe they haven't just poked up yet. or perhaps they may have suffered during winter due to an air pocket in the soil. Air pockets can kill plants in winter.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 6:11PM
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Asters actually do better planted in the spring, so their roots have a chance to get established before winter sets in, if you can find them. Fall planting is chancy if you want them to live over. I always plant mine a bit deep so they will take root around the crown, just like I do with mums, but I still lose about 2 out of 5. I always buy a bunch on sale at the last of the fall season so I don't have a lot invested.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 11:42AM
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