Filler Flower Care: Keep the water in the vase of your Monte
Casino Aster fresh. Replace the water every 3 days with cold water keeping the water level near the top of the vase. Re-cut
1/2" from the base of each stem under water using a
sharp knife with each water change. Remove any foliage
that may become submerged after re-cutting.
Variety note: In its
native habitat "Monte Casino Aster" is a clump forming bush
that can grow to 3 feet in height and 12 inches in width. It is
quite useful as a cut flower for filling voids in flower arrangements.
Monte Casino Asters are available in lavender, purple and white.
Each color has a yellow center. Bunches usually measure between
24" to 30" in length and are sold in a 10 stem bunch.
Esmeralda Farms in South America has introduced a new version
of Monte Casino Aster called "Mardi Gras". Their new
Aster comes four stems to a bunch but each stem has 5 long
"Monte Casino" can be cultivated as an annual in your
flower garden. Pre-started plants should be available at your
local Garden Center in the spring.
Add a commercial floral preservative such as AquaPlus or
FloraLife to the vase that contains your Monte Casino Aster
with each water change. Floral preservative helps to prevent
bacteria growth and feeds your Asters insuring a longer vase
To make your own cut flower food mix 1/2 teaspoon of table
sugar to a quart of cold water... mixing thoroughly.