Aster - Monte Casino

"talisman of love" and a "symbol of patience"

Known as Monte Casino, Michaelmas Daisy or Frost flower

Family Asteraceae
Species Aster ericoides
Colors purple, blue, white, red, pink with yelow centers
Origin Eastern USA

Grower Recommendations

Recommended stage of harvest is when 2 to 4 open blooms on the spike. Use Floralife’s Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment for 1/2 hour immediately after harvest and then transfer flowers into a properly mixed solution of Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment or a Floralife® Flower Food 300 formula. Asters are best stored at 34 - 38˚ F.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

Ask: for cultivar name. Different cultivars may vary in disease resistance, ease of hydration and vase life.

Processing: 

Unpack immediately. Remove foliage below solution level. Recut stems. 

Pretreatment:

Place stems in Floralife® Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment for ½ -1 hour or use Floralife® Quick Dip 100 instant hydrating treatment. If already treated with an anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc® Technology. You can use Floralife® Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment for ½ to 1 hour at room temperature, depending on variety.  Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment encourages water uptake and ensures proper hydration, so they quickly become firm and stems remain free flowing. Alternatively, treat with Floralife® Quick Dip 100 hydrating treatment under normal conditions. This one second dip helps to increase water uptake for all flowers. Using one of Floralife’s hydration pretreatments can help prevent dehydration of aster. 

Holding Solution:

Use fresh flower food at the recommended rate: Use Flower Food 300, 200, Clear 200, or Clear ULTRA 200 storage and transport treatments, or depending on water test results, Special Blend 300 for Hard Water or for Pure Water.

To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to:

Floralife  |  751 Thunderbolt Drive  |  Walterboro, SC 29488  |  Attn: Laboratory.

Ethylene Sensitivity:  Low ethylene sensitivity.

Vase Life: 8 to 12 days.

Storage: 34 - 36˚ F cooler / 80 - 90% humidity.

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