How to grow gazanias

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How to grow gazanias
Gazanias attract butterflies. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Gazania, also known as African daisy, loves the heat and dry soil. Perfect for the rock or xeriscape garden or for use as a ground cover, gazania blooms in white, orange, red or yellow flowers from early summer to fall. Gazania grows best within the warmest zones of the British Isles. Plant the gazania seeds in April or May if you live in England, Wales or central Ireland and from March to May in the Gulf Stream warmed West coast of England, Wales and Scotland and all coastal areas of Ireland.

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  1. 1

    Plant gazanias in an area of the garden that gets lots of hot sunshine.

  2. 2

    Amend the soil with 7.5 cm (3 inches) of sand. Gazanias thrive in less-than-perfect soil, but require good drainage.

  3. 3

    Scatter the gazania seeds over the soil in a random pattern for a more natural look. Sprinkle a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) layer of sand over the seeds. Water the bed to a depth of 7.5 cm (3 inches) and keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate. The seeds should sprout from within one to three weeks.

  4. 4

    Water the gazanias when the top 5 cm (2 inches) of soil dries out.

  5. 5

    Remove dead flowers frequently throughout the season. This encourages the plant to produce additional flowers.

  6. 6

    Bring gazanias indoors if you live in an area that receives frost. Bring them in before the first frost and overwinter the plants in bright light. Provide water only when the soil is almost completely dry.

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