Aster (Daisy) novi-belgii 'Marie Ballard'| Perennial Bare Root Plant
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Aster (Daisy) novi-belgii 'Marie Ballard'| Perennial Bare Root Plant

A aster that is fully double, lilac-blue petals with yellow centres.

450105 Price:  £4.99

Fully double, lilac-blue petals with yellow centres this beautiful Aster is a clump-forming perennial that will shine out as it fills borders with colour in the late summer/autumn months.  

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Brand:  Brookside Nursery
Supplied as:  1 Bare Root
Habit:  Upright
Eventual Height:  75cm (30")
Eventual Spread:  45cm (18")
Position:  Full Sun/ Partial Shade
Primary Flower Colour:  Purple
Suitable for Hanging Baskets?  No
Suitable for Patio Containers?  Yes
Scented?  No
Plant Type:  Hardy Perennial
Flowering Period:  August - October
Botanical name:  Aster novi-belgii

Aster Advice

Asters prefer a rich, moist and fertile soil but one that is well-drained. This beautiful Aster is easy to grow but needs plenty of space around it to ensure a good airflow. In damper areas it can suffer with mildew.

General Bareroot Advice

Bare root perennials will benefit from a soak in a bucket of cold water for an hour before planting, to ensure that the roots are fully hydrated.

Dig a large enough hole to plant the whole root, without damaging it, and incorporate fresh compost with the soil to aid drainage.

Plant not too deeply but making sure the roots are covered with compost/soil mixture.  The crowns (the tops of the plants) should be 2/3cms below soil level.  If you can see a tiny amount of shoot or greenery make sure this is just above ground level.  Firm gently in, ensuring there are no air pockets under or around the roots and water the area well.  This should be all the moisture they need until you can see the plants are actively growing.

Place a cane or label in the ground next to your bare root perennial just before you cover the roots over so that you know where and what you have planted.

*Do not plant bare perennials if the ground is waterlogged or frozen. If you need to plant when a very cold spell of weather is forecast, cover the area with cardboard or plastic sheeting to keep the worst of the cold out.

Alternatively, a successful way to start off your bare root perennials is to plant up each bare root plant into a pot using fresh compost. Ensure that the pot is large enough for the roots to spread evenly in the pot. Plant not too deeply but making sure the roots are covered with compost. The crowns (the tops of the plants) should be 2/3cms below soil level. Water in well and place a label into each pot. Leave until early/mid-spring or once the weather is more clement, when they can be planted in their final flowering positions in the garden border.

The plants can be cut back in late autumn once they have flowered or you can keep the seedheads on as they look very pretty. Japanese anemones dislike their roots sitting in wet winter soil so ensure plenty of organic matter is incorporated to aid drainage.

Brookside Nursery Top Tip - Remember to water your bare root plants throughout their first growing season, especially if we have a hot dry summer

Our bare root perennials are available for dispatch during the month of March. If you have also ordered plug plants for dispatch in March or April, we will send your bareroots during the same week. Smaller orders are dispatched via Royal Mail 24 , larger orders via Parcelforce 24

If you have ordered bareroot plants only (or other non-plug plant varieties), we will allocate your order to a week in March or April for dispatch. You wll recieve an email shortly after you order to confirm when you should expect these. 

 

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Substantial bare root plant
Thursday, 9 April 2020  | 

I'm really pleased with this bare root plant. It had a little top growth on it when it arrived and is growing away well, having been re potted and put in the cold greenhouse. And, most importantly, I'd like to say a big "thank you" to everyone at Brookside Nursery for continuing to provide their usual fantastic service even in all the current madness. You're all very much appreciated, thank you.


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