Common Names: Aster, Monte Cassino, Michaelmas Daisy

Botanical names: Aster, (AS-ter)

Availability: July through December

Vase life: 6 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Numerous small daisy like flowers in double or single types.

Color: White, purple, yellow and pink. Generally, all have yellow centers.

Botanical facts: Numerous species and cultivars have been grouped into this one genus of aster. The name comes for the Latin word for star, Aster.

Design notes: Asters make great fillers in arrangements and bouquets.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when first few flowers have opened. Avoid flowers with yellowing leaves.

Conditioning: Remove all of the foliage on the stem as well as the side laterals that will be below the water level. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Asters last well. However, initial hydration and conditioning is very important. Make sure to remove the many small leaves that will be below the waterline as they degrade very quickly.