Common Names: Callistephus, China Aster, Matsumoto Aster, Rainbow Aster, Florist Aster

Botanical names: Callistephus, (ka-LIS-te-fus)

Availability: June through September

Vase life: 5 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Large solitary flower heads in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Color: White, pink, purple, violet, yellow, red, rose, orange and various shades

Botanical facts: From the Greek word Callistephus, meaning beautiful crown.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when the blossoms are three quarters open.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Callistephus is very susceptible to bacterial contamination in the vase or storage water. It is very important to keep the leaves out of the water and to practice good sanitation. For vase water, use a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food. Change the water and clean the vase every third day.