Each stem boasting multiple laterals and blooms, Aster Matsumoto is typically available in the commercial market in purple, hot pink, light pink, red, white, and sometimes creamy yellow with a bright yellow center. Aster Matsumoto can be used in design as a filler or accent flower.
Species: Callistephus chinensis
Origin: China, northwestern North America
Symbolizes: Callistephus chinensis meaning "beautiful crown"; symbolizes love and wisdom.
Also Known As: Matsumoto, China Aster
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 5-10 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Choose stems that have blooms that are at least 75% open. Avoid stems with any brown flowers or yellowing leaves.
Performs well in foam, if designing in foam use Oasis® MaxLife for best hydration.
Aster Matsumoto adds a fantastic pop of color and texture to floral designs. Generally used as a filler in bouquets and arrangements, Aster Matsumoto can add a surprising twist to personal flowers such as corsages, boutonnieres, and bridal bouquets. Be sure to hydrate well prior to designing, overnight is preferable.
Usually low sensitivity to ethylene.
Pest & Disease Information
Although Botrytis sensitivity is low, Matsumoto Asters tend to mold if there is not enough airflow between bunches. Do not over pack boxes or buckets to allow good airflow and avoid temperature fluctuations during shipping to prevent any condensation inside packaging. Avoid getting blooms wet. Flowers susceptible to Itersonilia petal blight. Myclobutanil, potassium bicarbonate, and propiconazole were reported to be effective treatments. (McGovern, R.J., et al. ACS Publications, 27 Jul 2018.)
Treat with FloraLife® HydraFlor 100 after harvest. Use FloraLife® Quick Dip 100 when processing at retail level. Monitor solution levels daily, this particular crop is very thirsty and requires a lot of solution to avoid dehydration.
For optimal care of Aster Matsumoto, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.