Summer droughts in your area? No problem! Try growing Gazania. Native to South Africa, Annual Gazania plants thrive in hot weather, and dry soils. Low-maintenance Gazania plants are named after the the15th-century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza.
Gazania is an exciting annual. Medium green leaves give way to vibrant, exotic-looking flowers. When in bloom, they will be strikingly attractive wherever you locate them.
Gazania plants are popular as houseplants, too.
Outdoors, try growing Gazania in flower beds, rock gardens, and containers on your patio or deck.
Flowers Bloom: Summer through Fall
Bright flower colors include red, orange, yellow, pink, white, and variations of these colors. The flowers close up for the evening, about 3:00 p.m.
Plant Height: 10″
Gazania plants are grown from seeds. Sow Gazania seeds directly into your flower garden after all risk of frost has passed. You can also start Gazania indoors, 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost.
Sow seeds 1/8″ deep, and cover lightly with fine garden soil, or seed starting soil.
While Gazanias are usually grown as an annual, they can be grown as a perennial in warmer areas of the country. After a few years, the plants may become crowded. Dig up and divide into clumps to re-plant. Give a few clumps to a thankful gardening friend, too.
Gazania plants can also be propagated by rooting cuttings.
Final Plant Spacing: 9″ – 12″
Ideal Germination Temperature: 60-65 degrees
Days to Germination: 10 – 15 days.
Gazania plants are easy to grow. They do well in hot, dry weather. They even tolerate salt!!
Grow plants in full sun.
Gazania prefers good to average, sandy soil. The soil needs to be well-drained.
Established plants do best in dry soil conditions. Water plants only during long, extended droughts.
Fertilize plants every 4-5 weeks, with a general-purpose fertilizer.
Bring indoors in the fall, before the first frost, and grow Gazania as a houseplant. Also, check the plant and soil carefully for bugs, before bringing the plant indoors.
Deadhead spent flowers, to promote new blooms.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 8.0.
Insect and disease problems are not common. treat with insecticide, repellents, or fungicides, as needed.