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Treasure Flower

English Name

Gazania

Scientific Name

Description

Gazanias are low growing, spreading plants with large daisy type flowers. They are sun lovers and will thrive in hot, dry place.

South Africa

Origin

Asteraceae

Family

46°F - 70°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

8 days - 21 days

Germination Period

6" - 8"

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 1'

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-Hardy Annual

Life Cycle

Flower

Type

Spring & Summer

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Gazania prefers dry conditions, soak pot thoroughly, then leave until soil dries before watering again.

Feeding

Feed every 14 days in loam-based, every 7 days in soil-less compost.

Germination

In Spring sow seeds 2mm deep of seedling compost and cover with brown paper or newspaper. Transplant as soon as large enough to handle.

Propagation

From seeds in Spring or from cuttings in early mid Summer. Cut side shoot 4 inches long outside of clump with sharp knife. Trim off lowest leaf and dip end in rooting powder. Place in 3 inch pot of seedling compost. Water well, protect from wind and from full sun. It takes 4-6 weeks to root.

Cultivation

The large flowers close during late afternoon, but not completely. Grown as annual, but can be kept from year to year if Winter temperatures are moderate. They are best kept into a greenhouse or conservatory at the end of Summer.

Tips

When leaves turn yellow and flowers are distorted, the plant has no cure. Destroy plant and do not use same soil for other plantings.

Care

Gazania must have full sun and well drained soil. Cut off dead flowers at base of stem. Do not damage crown of plant.

Decorate

Gazania is a beautiful plant for a sunny bed, border or rockery.

Humidity

Do not spray overhead.

Soil

Loam-based or soil-less compost.



Did you know?

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