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How to Grow and Care for African Daisy Flower

Annual, Dimorphotheca

African Daisy is an easy to grow annual flower. It is native to South Africa.

African Daisy plant grows approximately one foot high. The plant grows quickly. It blooms in just 50 to 60 days. Deadhead spent flowers to produce a continuous bloom into the Fall months. Soft colors include white, orange, yellow and apricot.

Try African Daisy plants in containers and pots on your deck. In the flower garden, place them towards the front.

 Other Names: African Daisies have lots of names, including: Cape Marigold, Star-of-the-Veldt, Dimorphotheca, Barberton Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, Gerber Daisy

 Plant Height: 12" - 18"


African Daisy are grown from seeds. Directly sow seeds into your flower garden. Or, start African Daisy plants indoors eight to ten weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow African Daisy seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/8" of fine garden or potting soil.

Ideal plant spacing is 10" apart. African Daisy plants will tolerate a little crowding.

Days to Germination: 10 - 20

Flowers Bloom: Spring to Fall

How to Grow African Daisies:

Growing African Daisy is easy. Grow them in full sun. The plants grow well in sandy, loam, light, well draining soil. Keep the soil moist, not wet. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting, then once a month after that.

Apply water regularly. Avoid getting the leaves wet, as these plants are susceptible to fungal disease.

Weed frequently early in the season. Apply mulch to keep the weeds down.

Deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous blooms.

African Daisy are good re-seeders. Plant them where they can drop their seeds and grow undisturbed for years.

Insect and Disease:

Aphids can be a problem. Apply insecticides or repellents.

African Daisy plants can get fungal diseases. Keep leaves and stems dry. Apply fungicides as needed.

More Information:

How to Grow African Daisy Plants


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