Gazania is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Southern Africa and usually grown as half-hardy annuals in temperate regions.
They produce large, daisy-like composite flowerheads in brilliant shades of yellow and orange, over a long period in summer. They are often planted as drought-tolerant groundcover.
A commonly grown variety is the trailing gazania (Gazania rigens var. leucolaena), with cultivars including 'Sunburst', 'Sunglow', and 'Sunrise Yellow'.
Sowing & planting
20 - 25
6 - 7
Identify my gazania
Gazanes are a genus of about fifteen species of perennial greens and annuals. They form basal leaves lanceolate often grayish. The flowers form panicles very brightly colored, sometimes striated during the summer. Their particularity is that the panicles close again when the light falls.
Plant my gazania
In open soil or in pot? It's simple, if at home the temperature drops permanently below 5 ° C, it will be in pot!
It is easily found in the spring, in pots often of already substantial size. Do not leave your gazania in the original pot, often plastic (unsightly, heated by the rays of the sun, waterproof ... An horror!) But repot it in a slightly larger pot - terracotta! Plant in the spring in a sheltered and sunny place.
The gazania calls for a rich and well-drained soil because it dreads when its roots stagnate in the water. In the open soil, choose a slightly sunny location, even in the semi shade.
Respect plant spacing equal to one-third of their intended width. Water copiously to facilitate rooting.
Water my gazania
Gazania fears excess water!
In pot outside, water in case of lack of prolonged rain.
During winter, indoors, once a month should suffice.
In open soil, watering is not necessary, except in case of intense drought.
Take care of my gazania
No mulching for gazania, which seems not to appreciate it. No fertilizer either, or can be a simple input for potted plants. Simple to cultivate, we said!
Prune my gazania
In March, before the vegetation regrows, prune the Gazania with shears to restore its compact, globally spherical shape.
You will also have to to remove, between the thumb and forefinger or with a pruner, the faded flowers 2 to 3 times a week. Courage!
Remove my gazania
If your gazanie is in open soil and you do not imagine that it survives the winter, tear it before it freezes!
You can of course choose to put it back in a pot, by taking out the whole root ball (without breaking or cracking it, if possible) using the spade. It will then be necessary to put the pot in a shelter for the winter.
Shelter my gazania
If your gazanias are in pots, you can try to winter them in a cool room like a veranda - or any other cool room, frost free, but with enough light.