Last Updated on August 9, 2022 by Real Men Sow
Gazanias are also known as treasure blooms for their bright, jewel-colored flowers. They’re great for adding color to sunny borders and patios. You can either grow them as perennials or spread evergreen annuals. They love sunlight and will shut down if they can’t get enough. Cool green leaves set off the blooms, which come in a variety of colors, including red, pink and bronze as well as gold and orange.
Where To Plant Gazania Flowers
Gazanias are South African native that loves a sunny spot in the garden. The soil should be well-drained and moderately fertile. Gazanias are happy in gravel and coastal gardens. They also like hanging baskets and containers.
You can sow annual gazanias from seeds in late winter/early Spring. You can use seed compost to sow in trays or pots. To germinate they need heat so place them in a heated propagator, or in a clear plastic bag on the warm windowsill. Once your gazania seedlings have grown to a size that you can handle, place them in pots. Then, take them outside on warm days so they are ready for planting.
How to Take Care of Gazania Flowers
Gazanias need to be deadheaded regularly in order to have plenty of blooms. If the dry spells last for too long, water them. Potash-rich fertilizer should be fed to container-grown gazanias at least twice a week. Gazanias pot-grown can be kept indoors.
To extend the flowering season, deadhead your plants regularly.
Pests and Diseases
Plants grown outdoors are almost always free of disease and pests.
Mixing a balanced organic fertilizer in the soil before planting will encourage rapid growth. To encourage strong autumn blooming, you can apply a liquid fertilizer to the plants in the late summer.
Propagating Gazania Flowers
In late winter or early spring, sow seeds under glass in gentle heat. Plant undercover and prick the seeds. After hardening off, plant out in mid-May. Alternatively, you can take cuttings in the late summer and then overwinter at 7°C with good ventilation
Pair them with taller, drought-tolerant flowers like coreopsis and gomphrena. You can soften the rough texture of gazanias by adding companionable mounds or portulaca to create a low-growing arrangement.