Do China Asters Come Back Every Year

Do China Asters Come Back Every Year

If you have just grown China Asters for the first time then you may well be wondering if they will come back every year. Well, let’s have a look and find out.

Do China Asters Come Back Every Year
Do China Asters Come Back Every Year

Will China Asters Come Back Year After Year?

No, unlike regular asters (which are perennial) China Asters are an annual flower and will only live for a single year before dying off.

So the plant itself will die off, but this does not always mean you won’t get a new plant next year. Many annual flowers are really efficient self-seeders.

What this means is that once they have grown in an area and the flower heads have turned to seed then new plants will grow in the same spot next year from the dropped seed.

Some plants are better than others at doing this, so where do China Asters fit in? Well, I have never noticed them self-seeding, at least in my allotment where I regularly grow them.

This doesn’t mean it’s impossible but it does seem as if they aren’t the best at self-seeding. I did try to do some further research but couldn’t find out anything about whether they do self-seed or not.

I will keep a really close eye on my cut flower bed this next spring and see if I notice any China Asters coming back on their own!

Grow From Seed

Luckily, China Asters are not too tough to grow from seed. So you can grow new plants every year without too much effort.

For the longest flower display you want to start your seeds early and indoors, usually around 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area.

Alternatively, you can sow them outside later in the spring. if you do this though then flowering will be delayed until autumn. This is what I do most years though as inside seed space is limited in my house and there are other seeds I start inside instead.

Late Sown Asters On 18th August
Late Sown Asters On 18th August

Here are my China Asters in the middle of August and still not flowering, this is because of the late start I give them by sowing them in my greenhouse only once the weather has started to warm up.

China Aster In September
China Aster In September

They still flower really well, as you can see above, they just don’t start flowering until September. When they do get going through they provide some beautiful color in the Autumn when most other flowers are fading away.