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December 28th 2018

The Amazing World of China Asters

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I still can’t believe that for as many years I have been growing flowers that I have most recently come to discover the amazing world of China asters. Back in the day, when we were growing for grocery store sales, the only varieties on the market were run of the mill Matsumoto and spray types. There was nothing beautiful or exciting about them, so I rarely included them in the garden. But a few years ago, I stumbled on a German grower offering the most incredible range of varieties that I had never seen before.

China asters from FloretLast summer we grew over 40 varieties and this summer grew 40 more and I am now a passionate champion for China asters. What makes these plants so great is that they can be grown from seed, are easy to grow and flower at a time when the garden is starting to fade. As the day length shortens, this group of plants is prompted to begin flowering.

In addition to lasting an incredibly long time in the vase, China asters come in a dazzling rainbow of colors and a wide range of flower shapes and sizes, including huge feathered blossoms, sturdy sprays of miniature buttons, tight domed flower heads and soft rose-like blooms.

Trialing China asters at FloretRainbow of China asters from FloretChina asters are typically sown 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost and transplanted out after the weather has sufficiently warmed. Like other cold sensitive plants, such a zinnias, basil and celosia, it’s important to wait to tuck these into the garden until all danger of frost has passed.

China aster trial at FloretWe grow our China asters in landscape fabric and space plants 9 inches apart with 5 rows per bed. Once blooms appear, plants tend to topple over under the weight of the flower display, so be sure to give these guys plenty of support while the plants are still small.

China aster trial at FloretChina aster at FloretWe use a layer of Hortonova netting stretched horizontally about 12 inches above the ground. Netting is held by in place by metal hoops that we made with our Johnny’s Quick Hoops Bender. Any type of stake, wooden or metal, will work just fine. As the plants grow, they push up through the grid of netting and get the support they need.

China aster seed trial at FloretChina aster flower seed trial at FloretAfter plants are tucked into the ground they just hang out for the better part of summer and are pretty boring in the landscape. I’ve found myself fretting over them, wondering if they are going to do anything. But as summer comes to a close, they start making buds and elongating in the waning light.

As the rest of the garden starts to wind down and fall apart, China asters come into their prime and along with dahlias, helping finish the flower season strong. They are a must grow for late summer and early autumn bouquets.

China aster flower seed trial at Floretharvesting china aster flowers at FloretHarvest flowers when they are about half way open and strip the foliage off the lower half of the stems and place them into water with flower food. A vase life of 7-10+ days can be expected.

China asters are sensitive to wet weather and the petals will brown if not harvested on time. So be sure to pick them regularly for the best looking blooms.

China aster flower seed trial at FloretAll in all, we’ve grown close to 80 different mixes and individual varieties.

Over in the Floret Shop you will find my absolute favorites. Peach and blush have become extremely popular colors with floral designers and brides. So if you have weddings in your future, you might want to consider the following varieties:

China aster flower seed trial at FloretHarlekin Light Rose: This tall, feminine beauty is smothered in an abundance of the sweetest soft, nearly ballerina-pink blooms. Disc-shaped blooms have a fluffy appearance from the hundreds of quilled, tubular petals covering them.

Rose Quartz Mix: This feminine mix features warm pink tones, including dusty rose, blush and ballet slipper pink. Delicate ruffled blooms look like pretty soft pillows.

Valkyrie Pink: Palm-sized blooms on this mauve-pink beauty are reminiscent of the color of sea anemones. Buds are lighter than the mature flowers, giving plants a wonderful color range. Long, pointed flower petals resemble rosy cactus flowers, and as blooms are opening, the center petals are swirled.China aster flower seed trial at Floret

Lady Coral Chamois: With the softest peachy-blush blooms, this romantic beauty has a glowing quality. Each plant is smothered in at least a dozen stems topped with ruffled, feminine flowers.

Tower Chamois Apricot: One of the most beautiful and well loved asters, Chamois Apricot is a must grow. Each vigorous plant is loaded with dozens of glowing peachy-pink blooms that are perfect for flower arranging and wedding work.

Valkyrie Chamois: Palm-sized blooms on this striking variety are stunning. Long, pointed flower petals resemble bird feathers, and as blooms are opening, the center petals are swirled.

China aster flower seed trial at FloretIf you’re looking for some beautiful, hardworking additions to the late summer cutting garden, look no further. China asters shine when the rest of the garden starts to fade, rewarding you with a bumper crop of glowing, textural blooms.

To see our full list of favorites, visit the Floret Shop.

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Don’t miss these other new posts about our 2018 flower trials:

Old Fashioned Carnations for Cutting

Pansies and Violas for Cut Flowers

Trial Results and New Variety Preview

149 Comments

  1. Alison O. on

    I had a lot of trouble with my China asters this year. I bought your seed (Valkyrie chamois) and started them indoors on time, but when I planted them in my flower bed they just sat there and never grew. Any tips for the kind of nutrients they need or soil prep? Or should I just follow your other post on soil? I don’t know what it means that they never grew and then (obviously) didn’t bloom. Thank you!

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  2. Aimee Gauthier-Carpenter on

    I’m signed up for the upcoming class and I’m so excited! But I have a question about the hoops for the asters…are they the tall hoops or the short ones? You don’t say, but they look like they are the tall ones? I cannot wait to try asters. As so many others said, who knew how lovely they could be?!

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  3. Jennifer Joray on

    Hi, Erin!!

    We grew about seven of your favorites list this year, our FIRST year! My husband, Scott, LOVED all the asters. He said that they reminded him of “large Bachelor’s Buttons.” I loved them, too, but did have trouble with browning. I re-read your post and found that maybe they received too much water. I will try fewer varieties until I master growing them! Maybe just two this summer. Thank you so much for all this hard work!!

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  4. Rose Pomeroy Locke on

    Beautiful. Love them, can’t wait to grow them this coming season.

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  5. Rosemary on

    I have a small suburban yard in coastal Southern California. I want to have flowers everywhere I can find a spot. I love these China Asters too and am signed up for your free class. Thank you so much for all this great information.

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  6. Suzan on

    Those are all just beautiful! I live in Colorado. I wonder if they would bloom in time. We had our first freeze last night. The asters I had got chewed down by bunnies this year. 👿😭

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  7. Clifford Cherry Kay on

    I am a rank amateur, and I’m so excited about your beautiful flowers. May I please, ask if you all categorize your florals according to the Growing Zones in which they will flourish? If that is a regular service that you provide your customers, may I please, know where to find said information? Thank you for your kind help. CherryKay Clifford I live in Zone 7a.

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    • Angela on

      Hello,
      In zone 7a, you should be able to grow all of what we offer. Happy planting!

  8. Jessie on

    I am on my 3rd year of growing asters and each year I like them more. They certainly add a nice texture to arrangements and late summer color. I enjoyed a dark purple color next to yellow sunflowers. I also found mine to be a little short, sounds like it could be a watering issue. I also found my white variety changed color due to a dark pink growing next to it. I will certainly continue to grow asters.

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  9. Aurora Livingston on

    I grew these flowers this year and was amazed at how productive each plant was. I got hundreds of blooms!
    One question-my plants never got very tall, leading to pretty short stemmed flowers. Any recommendations to solve this?
    Thank you for turning me on to this garden powerhouse!
    Aurora

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    • Angela on

      Hi Aurora,
      Short stems are often from lack of water. Did you have irrigation on them? Next year I’d be sure to plant them in well prepared soil (we have a post under the Resources page about soil preparation) and then install irrigation. Good luck!

  10. Lisa Capper on

    Thank you for the great article and pictures. They are beautiful flowers and I will definitely be adding them to my garden next year. Will China Asters last long in a hand tied wedding bouquet?

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  11. Cris Blackstone on

    Thank you for introducing us to these gorgeous flowers! You did a great job “warning us” that until the later part of August, they would cause fret and worry in the garden-in spite of learning that’s how you felt when you first began planting and designing with them, I DID wonder and worry. They. Have. Arrived! Super gorgeous, and soliciting a lot of rave reviews as they travel to their bouquet homes. Thanks so much! Warm regards, Cris

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  12. kelly bendas on

    I was researching a flower to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. Aster is the the flower and China is the symbol for 20th. Couldn’t have found a better match. I’m late this season but looking forward to adding to my garden next spring. Thank you for your information.

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  13. Allie Richard on

    I grew the apricot variety and they just blooming now. They are amazing! Loaded with blooms. They will be in my sister’s bridal bouquet in September.

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  14. Meg Rodriguez on

    I didn’t get my seeds planted this season but look forward to these beauties next year! Thank you for the info on needing to support them.

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  15. leah on

    These posts are such a blessing to find and read about! Thank you!

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  16. Sarah Dotson on

    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us! Very helpful information and beautiful pictures as always.

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    • Team Floret on

      You’re welcome! So glad you found this post helpful.

  17. Viv Herman on

    Your asters are coming along in my market patch. Rather sulking a bit, but I’m not worried thx to your advice! Love the look of these flowers.

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  18. Kristin on

    I’m currently growing the Rose Quartz mix – my first time growing China Aster. I’m wondering if I need to pinch these for better flower production? I looked on the seed packet, the website, and your book but didn’t see anything.

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  19. Jan Mooney on

    Love your articles, so helpful. When do u pinch back the asters to keep them from growing so close to each other on the stem?

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  20. Megan on

    I have some of your seeds coming up in my first garden! Any suggestions on when to pinch them? Thank you!

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    • Team Floret on

      Hi Megan,

      Under the seed description in our shop, we list the height for pinching. Hope this helps!

  21. Karrina on

    I have a few holes in my garden so I stopped by our local Menonite owned nursery to see what was still available. Everything looked pretty tired except for the China asters which I have never grown before. They’re just the ubiquitous Matsumoto mix but I’m still excited to see how they fair. How are they in regards to self-seeding? That’s always a plus for me since planting out annuals year after year can be a lot of work. I like a hand from Mother Nature.

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  22. Ann-Marie Bagnall on

    Thank you for inspiring me to try China asters. I had no idea they could be so beautiful.

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  23. Bruna Walls on

    Your website and book inspired me to grow dahlias, looks like china asters are next. Thank you for the inspiration

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  24. Sarah L Wesch on

    Should they be pinched back in late spring/early summer, like a mum?

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  25. Samantha on

    Thank you so much for taking the time to school us all in each type of flower!! Super helpful and I cannot wait to receive my Floret Farm Aster seeds!

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  26. Julia C on

    Do china asters rebloom after they have been harvested? Are they one hit wonders or cut and come again type plants?

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  27. Mary Gerloff-Constantineau on

    These flowers are so stunning! I can’t wait to get mine out of the hot house and into the ground. Thanks for the helpful information and insight. I appreciate the amount of time you put into this and I always look forward to the blog. Be Well!

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  28. Jackie DeMerlis on

    They are so beautiful! I’ve successfully started about 50 of your China aster seeds for my cutting beds!! Just one question – Do you pinch these??

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  29. kelly restivo on

    Wow, thank you:))))). This is everything you ever wanted to know. Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL. This was just really nice and I thank you. I had grown asters when I was young and first started gardening and not since, this summer though, we are on again. Have a happy day.

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  30. Lindsey abrams on

    I have used your book, Cut Flower Garden and your blog as my go-to flower guide this season! I can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge on everything florals! I have a tray of china aster growing right now because they looked so beautiful in your pictures.
    I have worked at a flower farm (focusing on dahlias) for the last 4 years. I’ve learned a ton from working there but they farm in a very traditional way. I prefer a more organic, less maintenance approach like yours for my own gardens. As I grow my business and life based around the idea of creating beauty while also staying true to the ethic of ‘working smarter not harder’ , you have become a real inspiration! Thank you!

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  31. Julie on

    Thanks for this info. I have never considered China Aster. They seemed to be one of those finicky flowers to grow and I kept hearing about Aster Yellows disease. Our climate in Pennsylvania is extremely humid in the summer, with high 80’s to several weeks of heat waves reaching over 100. I’m under the impression this is not a good combination for success with Asters. Your opinion please?

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  32. Dan on

    Some varieties have less vigor than others, which could account for germination troubles. If you find something doesn’t germinate well, try starting the seeds in straight vermiculite in an enclosed plastic container. I use a take-out container with a clear lid. Put it in a warm place in light or dark according to the seed’s needs. When they sprout, carefully take them out with your fingers or tweezers and put them in soil. If they don’t germinate this way, you know the seed was bad. This method works great for delphinium seeds, after they are stratified in the refrigerator between damp paper towels in a plastic bag for a week.

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  33. Stephanie Cox on

    I’m brand new to flower gardening, so I’m grateful for your posts!!! My oldest child passed away almost 4 years ago at the age of 26, and I NEED to bring the beauty of flowers into my home to help my heart and soul. I’m going to plant some China asters!!!

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  34. BF on

    Looking forward to seeing our Matador mix this year! Question about your row size: you’re planting 5-across, w/ 9” spacing between plants? We are using 30” rows so perhaps 3 across? :)

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  35. Anna Benedict on

    Just started my China Asters Berry Apricot, sorbet and Apricot Swirl. They are just tucking their heads out now!! Thanks for the blog, can’t wait to see these beauties bloom in Southern NH

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  36. Carolyn M Lawson on

    Love your posts! The pictures are beautiful! Your love of flowers is contatious. I want to plant more!

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  37. whitney on

    Your earlier post about china asters prompted me to order seeds for this flower for the first time, and the little green sprouts are already popping in my trays. As a former floral designer, china asters were reliable for little pops of color but far from my favorite. These lovely varieties with softer hues are so delicious, I can’t wait to post them in my Instagram feed.

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  38. Christina on

    I love the Harlekin variety! So unique.

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  39. Andrea Gunderson on

    Thank you! Found your site this year and ordered seeds from you. They are coming up nicely. Can’t wait to get them in your garden. You have a great, informative and beautiful website. Will keep you updated as the summers progresses. Thanks again

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  40. Heather on

    A retiree in my community garden introduced me to asters 5-6 yrs ago, and I was in love ! This year, I am sooo excited to be growing seeds from Floret, which I recv’d for Christmas. So….thanks, Floret, for this very valuable info and being a gorgeous seed resource! I can’t wait for my asters’ loveliness to emerge. Now to get back to the garden and off this silly computer, eh?

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  41. Christine on

    You have inspired me to start seeds indoors for the first time and I’m going to plant a mini-cutting garden. Thank you for the great selection of seeds and advice.

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  42. Paige Hackett on

    Thanks Erin. They’re one of my new favorites. Do you think they can be direct seeded in warmer climates?
    Happy spring!
    Paige

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  43. Lorna on

    A few years ago I was introduced to Chinese Asters when a friend gave me some of her extra Chinese Aster plants for my garden. Like you, I was wondering if they’d ever blossom…then WOW they were such a delight in the fall, complimenting my Cosmos and competing with my fall Sedum. Sharing is a marvelous way to learn about different varieties. Thank you for your continual sharing of your love of flowers, knowledge of growing successful yields.

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  44. Heidi on

    I am growing China Asters for the first time this year. I really appreciate all your posts and information you share!

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  45. Marissa on

    I heart China Asters! One of the first flowers I grew from seed. I really appreciate the way you showcase and photograph. My favorite website, because of the variety you carry and how well you photograph. Keep it up, you’ve raised the bar!

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  46. Meg on

    Have never grown asters. Now I’m inspired!

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  47. Robyn on

    What stunning colours! The photos are beautiful and so inspiring and thank you so much for the write up about growing them, too.
    Tasmania, Australia

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  48. Flo on

    The Asters Chamoix we grew we’re quite beautiful but we did find that it should probably be grown under a hoop house as it tends to go brown after the rain and then flop heavily. However, they look spectacular and are worth growing in the garden. Thanks for sharing the many varieties available these days!

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  49. Alyssa on

    thanks for a great post! china asters look beautiful, but one question I have is if all the (time)effort equates to enough of a (financial) payoff? If you’ve not written which flowers are the biggest bang for you buck I’d love to see that.

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  50. Zola on

    I think I’ve never tried them because I associate them with cool climate growing. How well do these do in the hotter parts of the country?

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  51. [email protected] on

    Your posts are so helpful/packed with so much information even for hobby/home gardens. Thanks for sharing and educating us.

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  52. Alice Siebecker on

    Thanks so much for your comments on how late the china asters bloom as I’ve grown them before and I get quite worried that they will never bloom but they finally do right before frost at this high elevation location, so now if I grow them I will make sure to cover them with a row cover to extend their season if possible but I realize this might not be the optimal place to grow them as we are over a mile high. Zinnias do okay here but only if they are in a micro climate up against the house or out of the wind. They do better 500 ft. lower in the valley though.

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  53. Danielle on

    Thank you for all the fantastic information. I will be experimenting this year with different types of flowers and hopefully expanding next year. I watched your video series on cut flowers, bulbs …. I really enjoyed them- very informative. I would like to follow up with the fall/winter course you offer this year – unfortunately timing didn’t permit for last years. Thanks again!!

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  54. Vicki Witt on

    These are beautiful! I love reading your posts. They are all full of information!

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  55. Linda Greenfield on

    I’m going to try your Asters this year! Gorgeous! Thanks for the advice. One question, is it necessary to pinch the Asters at any growing point before they set bud?

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  56. Cassandra Olsen on

    This is my first year to start a fresh cut flower farm in Oklahoma and I can’t tell you how your book has helped guide me sooooooooo much. Thank you Thank you. I will most definietly try China Asters out as well!

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  57. Xenia E Buckley on

    I am so excited about our first seedlings of China Asters coming along beautifully! Because you said that they seem to linger during summer months and come into their glory late summer and early autumn, I am wondering if seeding these flowers every few weeks is really necessary since they will delay their blooms during the long and hot days, waiting for summer’s wane. Should we sow/seed them all at once? Thanks for creating such an informative and helpful website! Happy Spring! From Xenia, at the farm in Massachusetts

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  58. Anne Mueller on

    I have to echo the question about aster yellows. I’m an East Coast grower, and find that my best asters grow in large pots of potting soil in my greenhouse, which is screened for pests. I try to pick resistant varieties, like Tower and Valkyrie, but usually the plants succumb one by one over the season. West Coast looks to be a different situation–I’m envious!

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  59. Jt Covelli on

    These are gorgeous. I am hooked. After the summer blooms fade and before the dahlias bloom? Some have the look of mums, which I never bring inside because they make me sneeze. Thank you!

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  60. Josh on

    This is my first year growing a cutting garden and I have included tower chamois in my selection. I have very limited space so I’m hoping all goes well.

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  61. Marian.latchman on

    Hi, I have planted your Moonstone aster seed. It has germinated well and the little plants have two pairs of true leaves and are romping away after being pricked out. They look amazing strong. Do you advise pinching out at some stage?

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  62. Stacy on

    I started some of these indoors this year! So they need to be pinched? Can’t wait to see what they do!

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  63. Meme on

    Wonderful post! I am just about to plant the rose quartz mix in my garden in Hawaii!

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  64. Annie Kuhn on

    These are beautiful flowers. Thank you for the info!! Feeling inspired to try some…

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  65. Jennifer Joray on

    Erin, I am in love, too!!! I’ve purchased every variety of these breathtaking asters you offer for our first year of flower farming in Central Maine. Along with the course, I AM BLOOMING into a cut flower farmer!!

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  66. Eiddwen Thomas on

    Great inspiring article and thank you for all your research on this lovely flower!

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  67. Annie on

    Beautiful as always and so informative. Now I need to find a spare bit of ground to plant ChinaAsters in!

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  68. Jen Dennis on

    Thank you so much for the tips on using the netting. I didn’t really understand what that netting looked like. Your pictures are so inspiring!

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  69. Leslie on

    Wonderful post and beautiful pictures! You always inspire me to get out into the garden to dig. Thank you for the time you invest in us.

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  70. Donna on

    You do a wonderful job sharing information, showing beautiful pictures and inspiring my to grow more flowers. Thank you for the great job you do. I have shared your website with several of my friends!

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  71. Jenny McRae on

    I bought some China aster seeds to augment the later summer crop-I sow 3crops of zinnias and sunflowers. Looking forward to a try at these! Any information on how these hold up in humid, southern summers? And how do they direct sow? Planning on holding them for the second crop right now. Will be sowing the first crop of seeds in the next 10 days or so- as soon as we dry out enough! Keep up the amazing work~you are very much appreciated!

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  72. Laura on

    Love the info on China Asters! I am growing them for the first time this year and was so happy to see them in your post! Thank you for sharing your wealth of information!!

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  73. Beth Benjamin on

    Erin, your photos and words light up my life. At present, after a life of growing many flowers, I am living with my mom in Southern California, with very little room to plant annuals. Right now, I am loth to pull out the nasturtiums that all resowed themselves in order to plant zinnias, tithonia and sunflowers – they still look so pretty. Choosing one thing always means not choosing another – difficult. Thanks for letting me see your place virtually. Beth

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  74. Susan on

    Your posts and photographs ALWAYS leave me speechless! What a magical place that you share with us!!

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  75. Tina Eisenhart on

    Love your blog posts Erin! I actually took your online course last year (which was fabulous) and tinkered with flower farming last spring/summer. I had 3 little flower beds and threw things into the ground and most everything grew without to much fuss. This year I am giving it my all. I have added 4 more beds which are rather large and on a whim I purchased the Moonstone and Apricot Swirl mix China Asters from you just to give them a try. Keep your fingers crossed for me on this new adventure. One question, when you harvest do you cut the stems near the soil line? A big thank you to you and your team for sharing all your knowledge with us, it’s much appreciated!!

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  76. Peg on

    China asters are one of my favorite flowers and I have growing them for years. I have a high pressure of leaf hoppers which transmits the disease of aster yellows so I need to cover them with insect barrier immediately after planting. I keep the row cover on until the plants begin to flower. It’s a lot to go through but well worth having healthy, beautiful blooms that I otherwise wouldn’t have. Maybe this will help others who have had difficulties growing asters in the past.

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  77. Sally on

    Love this post! Such beautiful flowers!

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  78. Angela B on

    Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge! I enjoy reading your posts.

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  79. Jackie Grzeca on

    Just beautiful flowers and beautiful photos. I never thought of growing asters, but now I think I have to give them a try! Thank you for your list of favorites and especially for the growing tips!

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  80. Lisa on

    So beautiful! I am in zone 7 – is it too late to start these for blooms this fall? Thank you!

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  81. Jill on

    I have been following you on Facebook and receiving your emails for the last 3 years in anticipation to our move from Miami to Corvallis, Oregon. Now that we have made the move I can put into practice what I have learned from all your posts. I have started my first batch of seeds from Floret, with a few just appearing, so excited! Just placed a second order.
    I know there will be failures along the way, but it’s all in the fun of trying.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and beautiful world of flowers.

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  82. Ali on

    You must live in a magical place where there’s no leafhoppers! What is your spray routine for Aster Yellows?

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  83. Linda Ericson-Ebel on

    You are my muse, Erin. I am growing seeds for the Floral Committee at Seabury Life Care Community in Bloomfield, CT. We buy fresh flowers every week for bouquets and this year I bought 12 packets of your seeds to augment our purchases. Hope all goes well. We are crazy about flowers here

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  84. Kim on

    I purchased china aster seed from you last fall and just started them over the weekend. I cannot wait to see them in my garden. I’ve always struggled with late color. This will be the perfect touch! Now a question: can the seed be harvested and used next year? (Or are they hybrids and not the best to harvest?)

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  85. Liset on

    Hi team Floret!

    I just bought my seeds from you and am so excited to receive them! I am launching my flower farm this year, even though I feel I have a late start in the year. I bought some China Aster seeds and am so thankful for the knowledge you pass on. I hope my seeds sprout. I’m just worried about the summer heat in Central California. I think I’ll set up some shade for my flowers not to burn in 110F temp of summer.

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  86. Sarah Bailey on

    For some reason, I have always been afraid to plant asters – thought they were difficult to grow for some reason. Thank you for the helpful information that they are indeed easy to grow. I appreciate that you include pictures in your articles – that helps me – to have a visual!!
    Those flowers are lovely. I’m drawn to that garnet color – I think it would be lovely in the fall with mums and unusual foliage – maybe sorghum or other grains.
    Thank you- enjoyed reading!!

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  87. Margaret Stokes on

    Inspirational information, as always!! Thank you so much for being so generous with your knowledge and experience!

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  88. Megan on

    This is so helpful! I started a batch of your china aster seeds a few weeks ago for my first flower garden and most certainly would have fretted if I didn’t know how late they bloom! Any suggestions for really leggy seedlings besides repotting them (I’m glad I learned that!)

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  89. Louise Brøchner on

    Thank you for yet another great post ! I am trying Asters for the first time ever this year as well and found the Aster ‘Tower Chamois’ at a local dealer in Denmark at [email protected], and I can´t wait to see them in bloom in my late Summer and Fall garden <3

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  90. Kim on

    You have inspired me to add more flowers in my garden this year and I it’s my first year growing from seed with grow lights. Some successes and some failures as I work on “my little science project”! I am having a hard time getting my aster seeds to germinate. They ate under a dome with a heat mat. Any tips or tricks?

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  91. Terri on

    They are so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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  92. Barb on

    Inspired now to give them a try!

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  93. Megan on

    I’m new flower farming and your book/website have been excellent resources! I love that I can flip/click to each individual species and get detailed information for everything from sowing to staking to harvesting. I am looking forward to your new book(s)!!

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  94. Elle Hotchkiss on

    Thank you – this was so inspiring! I must add a bed so that I can give these a try. Do you happen to have pictures of the bedding steps you describe? I know they are not glamorous;) I own your book but do not have it with me at the moment.

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  95. Marie Schwager on

    I, too, bought these from you and only had four or five seeds sprout out of two packets. The few little ones that did sprout succumbed to dampening off. I successfully sow many other types of plants. Any advice?

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  96. Phoebe Cubberly on

    You always inspire me with your wonderful posts! This year I already bought more seed packets (from Floret of course) than I know where the plants will fit, and now I need several varieties of China Asters! I’m sure you have this effect on many of us!

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  97. Erin Flynn on

    Thank you for your detailed post. Inspiring!

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  98. Lydia on

    I am growing asters this year for the first time with the intention of using them as cut flowers. My germination isn’t great though so that was disappointing. I am looking forward to seeing how they do!! Thanks for the post!

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  99. Denise on

    Do Asters need pinched back when young? Do they re-bloom? Last year, mine bloomed during early summer and seemed to fade away. Giving them another try this year, in hopes that they look as lovely as pictured above. Thank you for the post!

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  100. Rebekah Culley on

    I loved seeing this pop up in my email as I’m starting out gardening this year and this is one flower I’m planting! It was helpful to read and made me so excited to see how they bloom!

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  101. Lisa on

    These are such beautiful flowers! I planted these seeds in a tray with snap dragons and straw flowers, but none of the asters sprouted. Any tips?

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  102. Emily on

    So tempted to try growing these! Can these seeds be started later than the 6-8 weeks before last spring frost (it is about 2 weeks before last frost where I am)? I’m curious if they need a certain length of time to sit semi-dormant as well-established plants in the garden before the end of summer.

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  103. Melissa on

    Hi! I’ve been growing China asters on and off since I started farming. The reason for the ‘off’ years is that I get tired of asters yellows a disease which spreads quickly taking down the whole crop and sometimes other crops too. How do you manage asters yellows?

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  104. Julie Fox on

    This is my first season growing cut flowers after having a vegetable garden for years. I went through your shop and randomly chose things that spoke to me. I grabbed a couple different china asters just because they were pretty. My garden will have no rhyme or reason and is just for me but it is sure to be pretty. Thanks for teaching us and inspiring us.

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  105. Nancy on

    Thanks for this informative post and it came at a time I was looking for a hard working flower to add to the fall line up!

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  106. Heidi N. on

    I am getting a late start in planting my seeds but they will be perfect for this fall. Asters are September’s birthday flowers. My mom always had them for her birthday. Can’t wait to see them and remember childhood gardening by my mom. Waiting with anticipation!

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  107. Kate G on

    I have grown asters for the first time this season, and our wedding florists in Wanaka (New Zealand) were really happy with them. Thanks for this post to inspire me to try and find some of the varieties you mention. Blush and pinks are very popular here!

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  108. Chelsea on

    Last year was our first with a yard and garden, I jumped in with two feet and failed a fair amount, but learned a lot! One thing I learned is that Asters are, just as you said, a wonderful thing to have taken the time to sow when the rest of the garden is fading. We had bright pink blooms smack dab in the middle of our front yard, what a delight! I’ll be doing those again, and I’m ordering a couple of new varieties from your shop to throw into the mix as well. I’m especially excited for your purple varieties. Thank you for the work you put into these resource posts, I’ve learned quite a lot from them and I’m sure my flower garden will benefit this year!

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  109. Lauren M on

    I am going to plant my aster seedling in the ground soon! Thank you so much for all of your helpful tips and information.

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  110. Kirstin Medaglia on

    Can’t wait to give these a shot this year, what a gorgeous color selection!

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  111. The Lauren Jean on

    I’ve planted two different types, and the full packet, and only 1 plant has sprouted. Are there any tips? Because I would love to have some of these blooming in fall, but I don’t want to purchase more if I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong!

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  112. Nancy Tucker on

    I tried growing these last summer, and for some reason, they all died all at the same time. One day they looked perfect, and the next day, wilted and fallen over. This was at our community garden, which is an organic garden. I don’t know if they got some type of wilt, or what. No pests were visible. The soil is all organic potting soil (lots and lots of bags), so if you have any clues on to what could have gotten to them, it would be greatly appreciated. I am going to give them another go this year, and fingers crossed!

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  113. Bonnie on

    A late summer favorite but did not realize the color palette available! Stunning!

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  114. Arlene Collins on

    Just stunning flowers, they are the flower of September my birth month. Will have to include them in my garden this year..

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  115. Aubrey on

    Thank you! Every year I add a few new flower varieties to my tiny backyard garden and this years I’m excited to try the chamois series asters. I still turn to your book and blog each spring as I prepare my beds, start my seeds and plan my garden.

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  116. Margaret Gino on

    Although we are tiny …. we are a mighty bunch. On our small plot of land we call “Little West” … there is so much optimism.. arm loads of courage and and an overflowing sense of peace thanks to you Erin and Team Floret. The knowledge and skills learned throughout the 6 week course combined with your beautiful book provide a solid framework for flower farming success! What a gift! I have purchased all my seeds from Floret this year including the China Aster Tower Chamios Apricot… Please know you are making a difference all across the globe as you share your passion and love of flowers. As my china asters, sweet peas, chocolate lace flower and “Queen”zinnia’s to name a few bloom bright…… I will be thinking of you and the investment you made in little ole me! ;) eternally grateful indeed.

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  117. Olivia on

    So excited to have found you! Your writing is lovely, and I’m thankful for all the wonderful resources provided. Decided to buy all my annual seeds from you guys this year – so eager for spring weather!

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  118. Sarah Sprague on

    Erin, I have recently flung my entire being into the process of turning my little family’s first home into a flower farm. In my rigorous pursuit of knowledge and guidance on this new adventure, I found Floret and though I live on the opposite side of the country in a very different climate, I have found so much wisdom, confidence and at times solace in the information you provide in posts and your book. Your willingness to share experiences and knowledge of flower farms is both humbling and inspiring. I hope you know the positive influence you impress upon families like mine with our dreams of flower fields. That being said, I will be sure to grow China Asters for my wedding this autumn! Thank you!!

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  119. Sarah on

    I have a small garden in the Ozarks, and I love to enter the County Fair. Usually, by the time of the fair in late August, my zinnias are down to the dregs. This is great advice! I’m going to give China Asters a shot this year – wish me luck!

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  120. Judy on

    Erin, I appreciate the wonderful wealth of knowledge you are so willing to share with us. This is my first year trying to grow cut flowers to sell at our local farmers market. I have your book, Cut Flower Garden. I would love to try the china asters. I would like to plant only 10 varieties to start with. What would be your top 10 choices. Again, thanks for such helpful information that you share.

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  121. Susan U on

    Erin,
    I have a small 12×26 cut flower garden and I do love trying new varieties! I’ve purchased your China aster seed and the scabiosa type zinnias this year to add to my usual Benary giant zinnias. I’m going to use your tips for cosmos and move them to a separate area this year. I’d plow the backyard for flowers if I could! Last year was the first year I’ve used horizontal trellis and it worked great for globe amaranth and snapdragons. Some of my perennial beds might be interplaneted with annuals this year too! Thank you so so much for all your kindness and sharing your expertise!

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  122. Maggie on

    Erin, as always, your post was inspiring! My only challenge is the work of converting more former woodland space to flower gardens in time to plant. I LOVE everything you share on your blog. I received two sets of seed collections for Christmas, and can’t wait to get them started:)

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  123. Xenia on

    I am know as “the flower girl” at our local farm, a 5th generation produce farm in New England. We are expanding our cut flower offerings by adding several varieties of your China Asters to the garden; I am beyond excited! Can’t wait to begin planting these beauties!

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  124. Yulia Y. on

    Erin,
    I’ve been reading over your blog and looking at all the gorgeous pictures this winter and you’ve inspired me to add a cutting garden to my vegetable patch. I can’t wait for all the flowers :)

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  125. Karen K Woodward on

    Thank you for your wonderful post. I enjoy each one of them. I was wanting to know if these particular type of Chinese Astor’s are heirloom or hybrid.

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  126. Sonia on

    Erin I love reading your flower blog! You are honest, gracious and draw me in to be so curious and thirsty for the different flower beauties! I honestly had not researched flowers before! Since I began reading your blog in June 2018, I have enjoyed learning about different flower. Thank you for pioneering in this industry and pioneering in bringing different flowers to market :) I love how you their beauty!

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  127. Laura Miller on

    Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge! Am trying out Asters as well as Peonies and Carnations this year as a new treat for my flower customers- thanks to your posts, monthly updates, and great growing tips. Can’t wait to begin!

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  128. Matthew on

    Thanks for sharing your findings and taking clear pictures. I love learning about different varieties, but most places don’t have the best pictures, so I don’t know what I’m buying. Not the case for Floret! Keep up the good work!

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  129. Jessica on

    Loved this post ! Gives me so many ideas! I also appreciated how much detail you included such as where to get the netting etc. :)

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  130. Jackie DeMerlis on

    Thank you for sharing about these beauties and how to start growing them successfully. You are so generous with your knowledge, Erin. Thank you.

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  131. Sharon on

    I really enjoy your posts! Your give a vivid description which helps me to decide what plants might work well for me. Your pictures are so inviting ;)
    Thanks!

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  132. Carolyn Radakovich on

    Thoughts on earwig damage? I sent my mom (in Idaho) Floret aster seeds last year but the earwigs were relentless! Any tips would be appreciated :)

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  133. Tari on

    These are beautiful! I will have to give them a try. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

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  134. Noelle on

    Thanks so much for this post! I’ve seen the asters on one of my favorite seed supplier’s site but have hesitated as information is thin on the ground about them. I grow an aster that is native to my region. It flowers well but the foliage goes brown and isn’t too pretty. I think I’m going to give the chamois ones a try this year, especially as I have a late summer wedding with a bride who doesn’t like dahlias. This could be a great solution for her. Thanks Erin!

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  135. Anna on

    I tried the tower chamois series this year and was sorely disappointed. They were literally five inches tall haha! But I think I planted them at the wrong time. You’re making me want to try again!

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  136. Denise on

    I’m going to grow these next summer and haven’t grown them before. It will be such a help to have this blog to refer back to-thank you! Now to decide which colors!

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  137. Heidi on

    I remember buying these at little farmers markets when I lived in Europe for a couple years. I loved them.

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  138. Lisa U. on

    These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing so much knowledge!

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  139. Dale Rekus on

    Simply amazing! I remember my grandmothers growing these in their garden decades ago but they never looked like these varieties. One more reason I won’t pine for the good old days! Thank you for this post!

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  140. Alexis on

    This will be my first season for China Asters and I can’t wait :) It’s wonderful to learn more about them and I can’t wait to try some of your recommendations! A big thank you to the entire Floret team for all of the new information, these are some of my favorite posts.

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  141. Paula on

    Thank you so much Erin and all at Floret for all you do to make the cut flower garden decision-making easy for us! Your info is invaluable! I pretty much stick to your advice in all the decisions I make! Thank you again!

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