How to grow and care for Twinspur Flowers



Actually adding Twinspur flower to your garden will not only provide color and interest, the plant is also great for attracting useful pollinators to the area.
This plant called Twinspur (Diascia) is also known as Barber’s Diascia, Twinspur plant is a sprawling annual plant that adds beauty and color to beds, rock gardens, borders and containers. Twinspur flower is appropriately named for a pair of spurs on the back of each bloom. 

Actually these spurs have an important function – they contain a substance that really attracts beneficial bees. The bright green, heart-shaped leaves provide contrast to the delicate, spiky blooms that come in various shades of mauve, pink, rose, coral and white, each with a contrasting yellow throat. Twinspur plant is native to South Africa, they can reach a heights of about six to eight inches with a 2-foot spread, which actually makes it a useful ground cover. Twinspur plant tolerates light frost, they can’t survive intense summer heat. The plant is a cousin to the common snapdragon. They are usually grown as an annual.


Steps on how to grow Twinspur Flower

This plant generally performs best in full sunlight, although they benefits from afternoon shade in hot climates. Make sure the soil is well-drained, moist and fertile. If you want to plant it cultivate the soil and add a shovelful of compost or manure, and then plant the seeds directly in the garden when the temperature is consistently above 65 F. or 18 C. You need to press the seeds into the soil, but do not cover them because the germination requires exposure to sunlight. Make sure you keep the soil lightly moist until the seeds sprout, usually in 2 to 3 weeks.


How to care for Twinspur Flower

Immediately the plant is established, the plant needs regular water during dry periods, but do not water to the point of sogginess. You can water deeply, and then withhold water until the soil once again feels dry. Regular feeding of the plant with a standard garden fertilizer supports blooming. Make sure you water the fertilizer in to prevent burning the roots. You can trim spent flowers to produce more blooms and also cut the plant back to about four inches when blooming stops in summer heat. The plant will really surprise you with another flush of blooms when the weather cools in autumn. This plant is relatively pest-tolerant, although try and keep an eye out for slugs and snails.

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