African Daisy seeds! Mostly orange with varying shades of orange and yellow!
Although originally from Africa, this drought-tolerant annual is widely naturalized in the United States. The plant can bloom in about 55 days from time of seeding and produced 2-inch wide, orange, salmon and white flowers. They make excellent cut flowers but will close at night in the garden or bouquet.
Common Names: African Daisy, Cape Marigold
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial usually grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 8 to 18 inches (20 to 60 cm).
Native: Southern Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 10. Grow as an annual in zones 3 to 8.
Flowers: As an annual: summer and Autumn. As a perennial: winter and spring.
Flower Details: Yellow, orange
Sow Outside: Perennials: cover seeds. Early autumn to winter. Spacing: 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm). Start annuals indoors.
Sow Inside: Germination time: ten days to two weeks. Temperature 65°F (18°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors three or four weeks after the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight. Good drainage. Rich soil. Regular watering (morning/avoid leaves) for best results, though fairly drought tolerant. Deadhead. If growing as a perennial then cut back leaves once flowering has finished. Propagate: cuttings in summer.
How to grow African daisy (Dimorphotheca)
Unless you live in a very hot climate it is probably best to plant Dimorphotheca indoors first. The seeds should be sown about 6 to 7 weeks before they are due to be transplanted into the garden towards the end of spring. the seeds of African daisies and other Dimorphotheca members should be lightly covered once sown and take about two weeks to germinate at about 18 to 20 degrees Centigrade.
Once growing the African daisy seedlings should be put in the garden with a spacing of about 25 cm into a sunny part of the garden that has good drainage. Dimorphotheca likes to grow in a rich soil.
Caring for Dimorphotheca plants
The Dimorphotheca plants should be watered in the morning and care should be taken not to get the leaves wet to prevent rot. After the flowering season the stems of African daisies should be cut back to ground level if you plan to grow them as a perennial. if you require more plants then it is possible to take cuttings from Dimorphotheca during the summer.
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