The growing and caring for African Daisy flowers



This particular plant is also known as the African Cape Marigold. African daisy plants are one of the colorful flowers for a beautiful garden. This plant is really excellent for naturalized areas and as ground cover for large areas, for parking strips, borders, large pots and tubs.
Furthermore, the African daisy flowers are about 1-1/2 inch wide flowers, which close at night, in the shade, and during cloud cover. This particular plant flowers are in shades of white, orange and yellow and apricot. Synonyms of African daisy include; Dimorphotheca calendulacea, Dimorphotheca integrifolia, Dimorphotheca aurantiaca, Dimorphotheca dentata.


Some of the basic facts about African Daisies
       1. These plants are herbaceous annuals.
       2. The African daisy flowers can grow to a height of about 1 - 1.5ft.
       3. The African daisy flower produces a fruit with abundant seeds.
       4. The genus name is Dimorphotheca.
       5. The African daisy flowers blooms during April-August.
       6. The African daisy flowers seeds can start to germinate in about 10-30 days.


How to grow African Daisies
       1. The African daisy flowers need full sun and a light dry soil.
       2. The African daisy flowers seeds can be sown in spring after frosts.
       3. Make sure you cover the seeds and keep them moist but not too wet.
       4. You can sow them about 4 inches apart in the soil.
       5. Make sure you add a general purpose fertilizer to the African daisy flowers once a month.
       6. The African daisy flowers does not transplant well, just plant them where you want them to be.


How to care for the African daisy flowers
        1. Make sure you remove old and spent leaves to prevent fungus infections.
        2. If you are repotting make sure that the crown of the plant is above the level of the soil.
        3. The African daisy flowers do not actually need insecticides or fungicides. By peradventure if problem arises you can treat them with an insecticidal soap and /or fungicide.
      4. You can mulch around but not on top of the plants with three inches of organic compost.
      5. Make sure you water the plant weekly until the soil is completely moist.

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