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  1. #1
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    Question Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    I am looking for a good variety for a bee friendly flower garden I am building , any varieties to stay away from or that are recommended ?



    Thanks

    Brad

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    I don't know even half of the varieties but I have Jerusalem artichokes which are in the aster family growing in a 4x4 planter box in my garden and right now it has 20-30 bees on it at any given time. There are 5 plants in the 4x4 square. If you decide to go with this and plant them in the ground know they can be invasive so you need to be able to get a lawnmower around them in any direction you don't want them to spread.

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    Stock Seed Farms has some that seem to do well around here...

    www.stockseed.com/
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    http://ionxchange.com/products/POLLINATOR-MIX.html

    Consider planting for dearth timing in your area.
    Regards,
    KGB-8FmedTF

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    Don't know about the midwest, but here in northern Vermont, I would recommend Small White and Multi-flowered White.

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    And naturally grown?
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    I too like to learn more about them. Do they die back and grow again the
    next year? Can you divide the roots or cuttings to propagate more plants?
    I have the j-artichokes flowering now. They are easy to grow and will bloom in the early Fall.
    I luv bee source!

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    Thanks for the replies

    Before I started researching asters I thought all varieties were perennials. I was wrong many are annuals.

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    Default Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    The commercial variety Michaelmas Daisy (Aster amellus) is hard to beat. The bees love it. It has a long bloom period. It is attractive. It is long lived. Propagates by division. It also competes well, and has a wide range of moisture tolerances. It is European though.
    Dave

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