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September ruby Aster – a hardy perennial




September Ruby belongs to the Aster family. It is a Hardy Perennial that grows up to a height of 4-5 feet. The blooms are having large centers and are in Ruby red color. It forms clusters of flowers which bloom in late summer. The flowers are double flowers held on top of upright branching stems and leaves are velvet in color.
It is best used for fall gardens; as the flower is ruby red in color and blooms in September till frost hence, it is called September ruby (fall). It tolerates poor soils and is perfect as a border plant and in rock gardens, as flowerbeds and for landscaping. It is also used as a cut flower and attracts butterflies and bees. The plant grows will exposure to full sun, in well drained, normal to clay soil and in zones z3, z4, z5, z6, z7, and z8. These are native to Eastern and Central United States. It is mildew resistant.

Growing Conditions of September Ruby

• Choose a sunny, well-drained site to sow seeds.
• The plant needs Normal and Clay soil.
• The plant needs exposure to Full Sun to Mostly Sunny.
• Space the plants about 2 feet apart.
• The depth is same even in container.
• Water and mulch after planting.
• Maintain soil moisture all season.
• Fertilization is not required but if required, a slow-release fertilizer may be used at planting.
• To encourage stocky growth and avoid flopping stems, pinch or shear stems back by half in early summer.
• The plant grows in zones z3, z4, z5, z6, z7, z8.
• The plant is salt and rabbit resistant.

Care of September Ruby

• Choose a sunny, well-drained site to sow seeds.
• The plant needs Normal and Clay soil.
• The plant needs exposure to Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
• It is mildew resistant.
• Pinch back and divide for best display.
• Pinching back yields better branching and more flowers.
• Stake plants if necessary.
• Cut back plants to the ground after frost or in early spring, before new growth appears.
• Fungal wilt that affects roots and powdery mildew may occur.
• Good drainage is the best prevention against fungal wilt.
• Avoid amending soil with organic matter as asters prefer lean soil.
• To discourage powdery mildew, space plants for adequate air circulation and avoid wetting leaves when watering.
• Pick off diseased leaves where practical, and remove and destroy severely infected plants.
• As a preventive measure, spray plants weekly with a mix of 4 teaspoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon horticultural oil per gallon of water.
• The plant is salt and rabbit resistant.





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