The 'Ognisty Ptak' (Firebird) needle petal aster is a variety that develops vividly red flowers. The charming, large flower heads that consist of needle-shaped, twisted petals constitute a unique, eye-catching decoration of borders and flower beds. The petals tend to unwind at the later stage and therefore add a certain fluffiness to the already splendid inflorescences. The annual 'Firebird' needle petal aster grows up to 70 cm tall. Its long, erect stems are rather sparsely covered with foliage. But it is not the leaves that are responsible for the main ornamental value. That feature, though, allows you to grow asters for cut flowers that you can turn into fiery bouquets. The distinct, bright colouring and the size of the flowers offer unmatched decorative value that will make your garden immensely attractive even late in summer. The flowering period of this aster variety starts in July. The flowers develop continuously until autumn.
The needle asters grow well and develop beautiful flowers on a fertile, humous, preferably permeable sandy-loam soil. Sunny sites stimulate flower production. Asters do not like humid or waterlogging sites.
Asters should be grown from seedlings in our weather conditions. Direct sow is used less frequently. Sow the seeds onto a hotbed or into pots in March and April. The optimal germination temperature is circa 15⁰C. The seedlings need to be pricked out after the first pair of true leaves appears. The aster seedlings should be planted on the permanent site in the second half of May when the risk of frost is gone completely. Hardening the seedlings prior the transplantation is always recommended. The direct sow onto the beds can be performed from April onwards. Keep the plants 20 × 40 cm apart.
We recommend to remove the wilted inflorescences. This treatment stimulates plants to produce new flower buds and prevents fungal infections from developing.
One package contains 0.8 grams of seeds. The basic product information and the sow-by date can be found on the package.
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All seeds we sell are subject to a multi-level quality control checks and only then are carefully packed and dispatched. Our products have been awarded numerous certificates and comply with the highest standards of the European Union. Our employees are experienced gardeners who are more than happy to answer your every question.
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All of the seeds sold in our shop come from the best producers from across the European Union. Thanks to a long-standing cooperation with them we were able to develop the most adequate storing and dispatch conditions, guaranteeing that you always receive fresh and carefully tested batches of seeds. Exclusion of the middlemen from the whole process not only makes it possible for us to avoid sending out-of-date seeds that might have been lying too long on a warehouse shelf, but also ensures the most attractive price for top quality products.
The quality control process
All our seeds must pass a four-stage quality control process.
Stage one begins with a careful selection of the suppliers. Than we proceed with controlling their crops, foreign producers are not excluded from the quality control process. Plants are checked at every stage of their development: when they start to grow, during blooming and when they start bearing fruit (seeds). At this stage the most important thing is to ensure proper spacing of the plants. Thanks to that obtaining the desired morphological characteristics of each particular species or variety, such as colour, height and shape, can be ensured.
Stage two consists of a detailed verification tests in laboratory conditions. With the use of the highest quality equipment by the highly qualified staff, our suppliers perform more than 30 000 quality checks annually. The seeds that do not meet our requirements are subject to technological refining processes, including drying, cleaning, upgrading and testing again.
Stage three starts with sowing seeds in selected control plots. That way we obtain valuable, exact information concerning their germination that must be maintained at an appropriate level. Simultaneously, the varietal identity of each species is checked at this stage.
Stage four takes place in our warehouses and consists of eliminating seeds that have been stored for too long on our shelves and replacing them with new batches. Each package is stamped with a unique batch number and also with the sow-by-date.
All four stages combined allow us to state with confidence that the seeds we deliver comply with the highest standards and have completed all required control stages with flying colours.
Prizes and awards
The seeds we sell are widely recognized for their quality and have won many awards. Our seeds won numerous gold medals and distinctions for their high quality. The World of Flowers was also honoured for its innovative approach.
Among those awards there were: TOP INNOVATION (June 2015), GOLD MEDAL AT THE POZNAN INTERNATIONAL FAIR (2015), CONSUMER QUALITY LEADER (2014), FARMER OF THE YEAR (2014).
In addition, we have also been awarded the “IDEAL BUSINESS” certificate for two years in a row.
We are committed to selling only the highest quality seeds. Taking into consideration the efforts we make daily, please also note that plants are living organisms and their germination and growth depends on many factors, such as temperature, soil type, humidity and the frequency with that they are watered, sowing time and conditions, use of fertilizers and plant protection agents (pesticides), as well as weather and climate conditions. We provide help by sharing the accurate and up-to-date sowing and growing information, however, we cannot bear any responsibility for the plants that were not cultivated in conditions appropriate for given species.