Predominantly found in yellow and shades of yellow, solidaster is typically used as a filler flower and can be found growing as a wildflower in spring and summer.
Species: x Solidaster Luteus (The “x” indicates that the species is an inter-generic hybrid between two different genera “Aster” and “Solidago”.)
Origin: Lyon, France
Symbolizes: Luteus literally means yellow, many associate this golden yellow with good luck and wealth.
Also Known As: Golden Aster
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality is optimum. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 7-14 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Choose stems that have at least 50% of the flowers open. Avoid stems with any brown flowers or yellowing or necrotic leaves.
Performs well in foam. If designing in foam use Oasis® MaxLife for best hydration, and hydrate stems overnight prior to designing.
Solidaster adds a wild and natural element to floral creations with wonderful color and texture. Typically used as a filler in bouquets and arrangements, Solidaster also works well in more delicate designs such as corsages or boutonnieres. Be sure to hydrate well prior to designing and create arrangements as close to event as possible to keep flowers fresh. Any leaves that may fall below the water level should be stripped to avoid contaminating the vase solution and rotting stems. A very thirsty crop, check flower food solution levels often, replenish as needed. Use FloraLife® Finishing Touch when designs are complete to keep them fresh and hydrated.
Usually low sensitivity to ethylene.
Pest & Disease Information
Botrytis sensitivity depends upon the variety, some have low susceptibility while others are susceptible. Susceptible to fungal foliar diseases including, powdery mildew, rust, downy mildew, and various leaf spots.
Use anti-leaf yellowing treatment to avoid foliage yellowing. Use anti-ethylene treatment; limit storage time to a maximum of 5 days. Make sure the inflorescence and leaves are clean from diseases and pests. Monitor solution levels daily as this crop is very thirsty and requires a lot of solution to avoid dehydration.
For optimal care of Solidaster, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.