Annual Overview: Gazania

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Gazania Stats at a Glance

Botanical Name: Gazania rigens

Common Name(s):  Treasure flower

Height: 1 to 1 ½ feet

Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil

Sun: Full sun

 

Notes: In mild winter areas, gazania is a perennial

Best use: Ground cover, front of garden, containers

Starting Gazania from Seed

 

To start indoors, fill individual peat pots with a fertile commercial soil starter and moisten.  Gazania requires darkness to germinate so plant seeds lightly beneath the soil surface. Place in a room with a constant temperature of 70-75°F.  Cover with clear plastic wrap to maintain the soil moisture and temperature.  Keep the soil moist.  When seedlings appear, remove the plastic wrap and move to a sunny location.

 

When to Start Seeds: 6-8 weeks prior to last frost

Time to Germination: 7-21 days

Light/Dark Requirements: Dark

When to Plant Gazania

Transplant seedlings or purchased plants in the garden as soon as the last threat of frost has passed and the soil reaches 60-65°F.

Soil Temperature: 60-65°F

Where to Plant Gazania

Gazania performs best in hot, arid locations.

Prefers sandy, well-drained soil.

Tolerates soil with low fertility.

Tolerates droughty soil.

Gazania Plant Spacing

12-18 inches.

Gazania Care and Maintenance

Gazania performs best in arid areas. Do not overwater.

Remove spent blossoms to encourage flowering.

Gazania Diseases

The most common diseases associated with gazania include bacterial or crown rots, downy mildew, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, and pythium root rot.

Gazania Pests

The most common pests associated with gazania include mealybugs.

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