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My aster looks ill :(

Hello

I have an aster in the garden that islooking black, I can't remember it looking like that last year. 

Should I prune it back or could it be too late? It's not wilting but doesn't look very good. Any help would be appreciated. image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,363

    Hi Cleoimage

    Which sort of aster are we talking about?  There are the showy annual type and the hardy perennial type that we used to call Michaelmas daisies. 

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  • Cleo13Cleo13 Posts: 106

    It's the perrenial type 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372

    The tops die back every winter, cut them off. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,363

    I cut perennial asters right back in late winter - I presume the leaves that are black are last year's growth?  

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  • Cleo13Cleo13 Posts: 106

    Thanks nutcutlet, so I should be able to save it then?  It's such a pretty thing

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372

    Most of them are pretty tough, do you know what it is you've got?

  • Cleo13Cleo13 Posts: 106

    Do you think I could still cut it back now,dovefromabove? I can't find out much how to care for it on websites. I seem to remember cutting it back last yr tbh image

  • Cleo13Cleo13 Posts: 106
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Most of them are pretty tough, do you know what it is you've got?

    I can't remember, it has lovely red coloured flowers. My label went missing image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,363
    Cleo13 wrote (see)

    Do you think I could still cut it back now,dovefromabove? I can't find out much how to care for it on websites. I seem to remember cutting it back last yr tbh image

    I would - I'd cut it back to just above ground level and give it just a sprinkling of Fish Blood & Bone image

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  • Cleo13Cleo13 Posts: 106

    I'll have a go at it tomorrow, I really don't want to lose it image many thanks dovefromabove and nutcutlet 

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