Grow Aster Flowers to Attract Butterflies in Fall 

Autumn aster flowers attract butterflies to your yard! Start with this simple guide

For fall butterfly attraction, choose asters with late-season blooms. New England (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and aromatic asters are popular.  

Choose the Right Variety  

Choose a garden spot with at least 6 hours of sunlight for asters.  

Choose a Sunny Place  

Asters like well-drained, organic soil. Before planting, add compost to improve soil texture and fertility.  

Prepare Soil

Asters can be planted 18-24 inches apart in spring or summer, depending on variety. Put the plant in a hole slightly larger than its root ball and backfill with earth. Thoroughly water after planting.  


Maintain soil moisture, especially during plant establishment. Asters are drought-tolerant once established, but they need regular watering, especially during dry seasons.  


Organic mulch like shredded bark or straw around plant bases helps conserve moisture, inhibit weeds, and adjust soil temperature.  


Asters often need little fertilisation. In spring, apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to poor soil.  


In early June, pinch back young aster tips to promote bushier growth and more flowers. Keep flowers blooming by deadheading wasted blossoms.  


Staking taller asters may help them stay upright in windy gardens.  


When your asters bloom in the fall, butterflies will come to feed on their nectar. Sit back and admire the view!  

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