Asterge Amellous (Asters)
By: Alexa, Emily, Brittany, Connor
Asters are usually found in small groups together. They are not very rare and when there is and Aster there is most likely another group in the same area. There is most likely about 50 Asters on school property.
The ecosystem around Asters was relatively low ground and low plants. Asters were usually not found around tall grasses because of lack of water in the ground. Asters need full sun to grow which would explain why they are found in relatively low ground and not near tall plants and grasses.
The microclimate that asters grow in varies but most have to have cool temperatures. Asters also need to have full sunlight and dry grasses, not too long. They also don't like overly wet soil; just moist.
Asters usually grow in climates with cool, moist summers, especially cool night temperatures. However, Asters are not able to grow when there is powdery mildew or snails, slugs, or nematodes. They also can't grow around stem cankers (potato diseases). It's best to start growing Asters indoors because sometimes the seeds can be spread unevenly if put outdoors immediately.
Hypothesis: Asters need an ample amount of moisture so they will grow where the ground is more moist. Because of the need for water, Asters will be located by lower grasses that require lesser amounts of water.
- Find an Aster plant.
- Record where your plant is located.
- Push a stick into the ground near the root of the Aster (About a finger deep).
- Test the hole for moistness by placing your finger in the hole you just made.
- Measure the moistness of the soil on a scale 1-10 (1 being dry, 10 being mud).
- Repeat steps 1-5 three more times.
3/4 of our tests had a moistness level around 6. One had a level of 2. We found most of our Asters in areas that did not contain tall, overgrown grasses. They were found mostly in flat level areas near the construction area.