Gazania Growing Guide

Soil

Any good garden soil with excellent drainage.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Gazania plants can tolerate light frosts but not hard freezes. They can be grown as perennials only in tropical climates.

Feeding

Fast growth is encouraged by mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting. Drench plants with a liquid fertilizer in late summer to support strong blooming in autumn.

Companions

Coreopsis and Echinacea. Pair gazanias with taller drought-tolerant flowers such as gomphrena and coreopsis. If you prefer a low-growing composition, soften the coarse texture of gazanias with companionable mounds of portulaca.

Spacing

Single Plants: 11″ (30cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 11″ (30cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

When starting gazania seeds indoors in early spring, cover them well with moist seed starting mix. Gazanias also can be direct-sown in late spring, after the soil has warmed. In warm climates, established plants can be propagated by division.

Notes

Originally from South Africa, gazania survives high heat better than many other flowers. Gazania colors include orange, yellow, white, pink and many bicolors.

Harvesting

Blossoms open during the day and close at night, so they are not useful as cut flowers. Container-grown plants can be brought indoors in fall and kept growing in a sunny windowsill or heated greenhouse.

Troubleshooting

Excessive rain can cause gazanias to develop problems with root rot diseases.