Great vigor and better branching make this China Aster ultra-productive!

Nina™ White Aster Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item # 51099-PK-P1
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Masses of Semi-Double Daisies!

Butterflies and bees love it, while deer steer clear!
(Synonym: Aster chinensis)

If you have a cutting garden, Nina™ White is about to make it much, much better. This China Aster is ridiculously productive, sporting masses of semi-double 3-inch blooms from early summer until well into fall. Just made for cutting, they are perfect daisies you will find a hundred and one uses for!

These aren't the largest Asters you will ever grow, but they are certainly the most plentiful, with well-branched, vigorous plants sporting dozens upon dozens of flowering stems. Cut them promptly and they reappear, a delightful cycle that can continue for 4 months in ideal conditions. The multiple rows of pure white petals around a glowing gold center are so cheerful in garden and vase!

Nina™ White reaches about 28 to 30 inches high and 18 inches wide, demonstrating robust growth and good disease resistance. Butterflies and bees adore this plant, while deer find it unappealing -- the perfect combo for success! Like other Callistephus, it thrives in full sun to partial shade, and appreciates rich, well-worked, consistently moist soil. This isn't a "plant it and forget it" kind of plant, but it doesn't take a lot of work either, and the rewards are legion!

The seeds are easy to start, too. Begin indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last scheduled spring frost, dropping one seed into the pre-drilled hole of each Bio-Sponge in your Bio-Dome (or scuffling into the medium of a seed flat). Germinate them at about 68 to 77 degrees F -- you should start to see green shoots in 6 to 8 days. Transplant the seedlings into the gardens when all danger of frost is past and the plants have at least 2 sets of true leaves. And if you always put your Asters in the same spot, move them around! This plant doesn't like to use the same soil year after year, even if you turn it and enrich it before planting. Enjoy these dazzling daisies all summer and fall! Pkt is 100 seeds.

Nina™ White
Item Form
(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start To End
Early Summer - Mid Fall
Seeds Per Pack
Plant Height
2 ft 4 in - 2 ft 6 in
Plant Width
18 in
Bloom Size
3 in
Additional Characteristics
Double Blooms, Flower, Free Bloomer, Needs Deadheading, Repeat Bloomer, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again
Bloom Color
Gold, White
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements
Moist,  well-drained
Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers, Outdoor
Callistephus is the botanical name for China Aster and Aster
Callistephus Germination Information

Callistephus Seed Germination How to Sow Callistephus:
  • Sow outdoors after all danger of frost is past, or sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting outside
  • Sow indoors in fall and winter for greenhouse flowers in late winter and spring
  • Cover the seed with 4 times their thickness in soil
  • maintain a temperature within the medium of 70° F during germination which takes 10-14 days
  • Blooms appear 3-4 months from sowing
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Callistephus:
Spacing: Space 6-15 inches apart in full sun

Temperature: Plants should be grown 70° days and 50° F nights

Soil:  Keep the soil evenly moist and feed the plants moderately but keep the nitrogen levels low to deter disease.

Greenhouse: In the greenhouse, grow on with cool (60° F) nights in full sun with a rich, porous soil kept evenly moist. Mulch Asters in summer to keep the soil moist and to protect their roots from drying out. Many of the newer varieties are resistant to wilt

Appearance and Use:

Single or double blooms, ideal for cutting, are borne on this annual for borders, beds, or greenhouse growth. Dwarf varieties make excellent container plants. Singleor double-flowering annuals are 6-36 inches tall and 6-18 inches wide, with blooms of blue, white, lavender, purple, yellow, pink, or red on long cutting stems over basal foliage. The flowers, borne midsummer to frost, have a wide range of size, shape and color including daisy, pompon, chrysanthemum, and shaggy. Dark green foliage, 3 inches in length, is oval-shaped and coarsely toothed

About Callistephus:
Pronunciation:  kal-i’ste-fus chi-nen’sis
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Asteraceae; native to China
Common Names: China Aster and Aster

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Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

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Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

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Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

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Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.