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Grape Crush New England Aster novae-angliae

Rough Draft 1.0  11/9/2020 

Intro

Wow, is this a great way to finish summer flowering season with a bang. This aster is called Grape Crush because of the bright purple flowers that pop during a very late summer bloom. This is a perennial so this plant and flowers will return year after year. What is beautiful about this eye catcher is this flowering pant naturally produces a very round large bush with densely packed bright purple flowers. You can count on these flowers when the wind is little crisper and the days get a little bit shorter approaching the fall.

Plant Care

Asters needs full and direct sun for more than 6 hrs a day in the summer. Average water needs are fine where a morning water soak would be fine.  Tip – To promote dense growth go ahead and pinch plants back from late spring until or no later than the 4th of July. Plants should be divided every couple of years in the spring to maintain their health and vigor. Most of all shorter daylight days are required to flower. Cooler nights temperatures between 55 – 60 degrees F will help intensify the color of the bloom.

Planting Grape Crush

Asters do love fertile  quality yet well draining soil. Peat moss is a good additive to soil which will help with water retention. Grape Crush should be planted 40 – 45 inches apart. It is also nice to know that Grape Crush can tolerate a bit of acidic, clay, loamy, or sandy soils. This bright purple Aster attracts butterflies and is bee friendly. The grape crush can be planted in a container or along a border or just as it is in a very sunny spot. Aster should be planted in ithe fall with the above needs in mind before the first frost or snow. Which ever comes first. In the following fall you will see daisy like flowers unless your bush came or was purchased already flowering.

These Grape Crush Asters are known to be a readily and reliability when it comes to their growth and flowering capabilities. This is nice to know that you won’t be asking why didn’t the Asters flower?  The stems on Grape Crush are thick and vertical so they can be cut and will last in a vase for weeks. Cutting the stems will not harm the plant.  Just a reminder, they need a lot of full  sun. This Aster is a friendly way to bloom bright flowers with a way to  say farewell to the blooming summer…until next year.

Resource Links

https://www.waltersgardens.com/variety.php?ID=ASTGC

https://www.brecks.com/product/grape-crush-new-england-aster?p=0729246&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7qP9BRCLARIsABDaZzg0hGhhgMyj6TMbXenbuP_XghMw3cVa7iveHbetYVBna_Una2qmN-AaAnJ7EALw_wcB

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