How to Grow African Daisy (Arctotis)

African daisies are colorful flowers that thrive in warm, full sunlight. The seeds are quick growing and will produce blossoms in only a couple of months after sowing. You can easily learn how to grow African daisy (Arctotis) in your garden or in a container or pot.

Steps

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    Start your African daisy flowers from seeds planted in pots indoors or directly into the ground outdoors.
    • Sow perennial seeds directly into the ground outdoors in early autumn up to winter. Beginning the seeds indoors is the best option if you do not live in an area with a hot climate.
    • Plant the seeds indoors in pots and lightly cover them with rich soil 6 to 8 weeks before it's time to transplant them to a yard or garden.
    • Transplanting from pots to the ground can take place 3 to 4 weeks after the last frost of the season.
    • Germination should take place about 2 weeks after sowing seeds. The temperature should be keep near 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 C).
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    Watch for the African daisy seedlings to begin to grow to move them outdoors.
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    Choose a location that receives most-to-full sun and that is moist, but well drained.
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    Place the flower seedlings in a rich soil about every 9.84 inches (25 cm).
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    Add a general purpose plant fertilizer to the soil around the seedlings during the transplant.
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    Use mulch around the plants to help reduce the number of weeds.
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    Water the plants in the mornings to moisten the soil.
    • Be cautious about not getting the leaves of the plants wet. African daisies are susceptible to fungus and wet leaves may rot.
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    Fertilize the growing flowers once per month after the initial fertilization.
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    Pull the weeds in the flower bed or garden as necessary.
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    Wait 2 months for your daisies to bloom. The flowers will be in continuous bloom from the middle of the summer to the first frost of the season.
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    Remove dying blooms as needed to retain the attractiveness of the flowers.
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    Cut back the flowers once blooming has stopped if you intend for your African daisies to grow as perennials.

Tips

  • African daisies can be grown as perennials or as annuals. Most gardeners simply use them in flower gardens and beds as annuals for their summer-to-fall blooms. The plant will bloom in the spring as a perennial.
  • African daisies grow well as wild flowers or in fields where they can reseed themselves for yearly growth if left undisturbed.

Warnings

  • Place the flowers near the front of your deck or porch if you grow them in containers. Be certain they are receiving sunlight and are not shaded from the sun by other objects

Things You'll Need

  • African daisy seeds
  • Pots or containers
  • Rich soil
  • Sunny location
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

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Categories: Growing Flowers