Osteospermum Dimorphotheca Mixed - Seeds
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Common name: African Daisy, Cape Marigold
Color: yellow, blue, violet, white, pink
Bloom time: Mid-summer, late summer, early fall, mid-fall
Height: 8 and 12 inches tall
Difficulty level: Medium
Planting & Care
Sow seeds of Passion Mixed from February to May at 18-20c (64-68F) on a good free draining damp seed compost. A fine sprinkling of vermiculite must be applied, but do not cover the seed completely. Place in a propagator or seal the container inside a polythene bag until after germination (up to 14 days). Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into 7.5cm (3 inch) pots. Then grow on in cooler conditions before planting out after all risk of frost has past. Plant 30cm (12 inches) apart.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Requires well-drained soil
Water: Keep soil moist
Temprature: 60 F to 65 F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.
- African Daisies need full sun and a light dry soil.
- African Daisy wild flower seed can be sown in spring after frosts.
- Keep wild flower seed moist until germination Sow the seeds about 4 inches apart in the soil.
- Add a low nitrogen fertilizer to the African Daisy plant once a month.
- African Daisies do not transplant well so plant the flower seed where you want them to grow.
Harvesting: Most Osteospermum varieties are hybrids and will not grow true from saved seed.
- Remove old and spent leaves to prevent fungus infections.
- When re-potting see that the crown of the plant is above the level of the soil.
- Generally, African Daisies do not need insecticides or fungicides.
- If a problem arises treat them with an insecticidal soap and /or fungicide.
- Mulching is done around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
- Water the African Daisy wild flowers well weekly until soil is completely moist.
Osteospermum tolerates a wide range of soil types and occupies areas with 500 to 1500 mm annual rainfall.
- Is edible but no Culinary uses nutritional value.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
It is a toxic plant