Asters commonly called Michaelmas Daisy are native to the USA. In the US, Asters bloom from May/June until late October, while in the Caribbean and Guyana Asters bloom all year round.

Asters can be grown from seeds. Set your seeds around April, or you can purchase potted plants from nurseries and plant shops as potted plants.

Plant your Asters in full sun with good drainage and fertilize with Miracle Gro Bloom Booster once every two weeks. Dead head or cut off dried flowers, which will allow your plants to bloom again.

Asters come in exciting colours of white, lilac, purple, pink and red. There are two kinds of Asters – New England and New York – and it is rather difficult to tell them apart. In Guyana we have white, lilac and purple Asters. Some grow short while others grow to approximately 18 inches tall. These plants make lovely hedges or borders. Flowers are long lasting and used by many florists as fillers in floral arrangements.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.


Know your pines

There are many types of pine trees and in Guyana some people tend to confuse the names and varieties.

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Caring for your gift plants

Many of you would have received potted plants as gifts and with the holiday season having ended, I have received many telephone calls on how to care for these new plants.

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Thuja originated in Denmark and comes from the Cypress family; it was after World War II that it spread across Europe, then to Asia and North America.

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It’s here! Just in time for Christmas. Last weekend, I received the most beautiful, potted, red, velvet-like Poinsettia evoking the spirit of Christmas.

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The Begonia commonly called Shell Rose was first discovered in Brazil by a Franciscan Monk, Charles Plumier in 1690, who named it after his favourite Botanist Michael Begon.

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