The Gazania flower is a sun loving perennial that is native to South Africa. It is also known as the “Treasure flower" and has daisy-like petals in shades of red, pink, white or yellow. The flowering season of Gazanias is from June to September.
Growing and Propagating Gazanias
Propagating gazanias is possible in the following ways:
- Start collecting the seeds or cuttings from early spring and plant them in a well-lit area and well-drained soil.
- Shake the dried flowers on a white sheet of paper and separate the seeds. Sow these seeds into a seedling tray and plant them when early spring arrives.
- Take a gazania plant that has not started flowering. Cut the soft tip and sow into well-drained soil.
- Prune the old foliage when spring arrives and apply light fertilizers to the soil. Mulch around but not on the plant and add organic compost to approximately 3 inches.
Taking Care of Gazanias
Gazanias do not require much fertilizer. You can fertilize the gazania flowerbeds twice a year. Make use of slow-release fertilizers and do not overdo the watering. However, the soil should be moist. Gazania flowers bloom during the day and typically close at night and on cloudy days. When planted and spaced properly, these plants can serve as a good ground cover for the sunny areas of your garden.