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When hubby and I visited the poppy superbloom a few weeks ago, we walked around Tom’s Farms, a place nearby with shops and restaurants, before heading back home. We picked up a few gazania plants from the nursery located at Tom’s Farms. Today I want to talk to you about how to grow gazania flowers.
History of the Gazania
Gazania flowers originated in South Africa as an annual flower. A Greek-Italian scholar of the 15th century, Theaodorus of Gaza, gave the gazania it’s name.
These gorgeous blooms will attract butterflies and other critters to your garden. They are also known as the African daisy or treasure flower. It is a member of the daisy family.
Gazanias come in a variety of types and colors, such as pink, red, yellow, white, orange, and variegated. Below are some popular variations of gazania flowers.
Chansonette-This type of gazania is an early bloomer.
Big Kiss White Flame-This gazania is white with red stripes. I bought this variety because of their beautiful, striking colors. The come in other colors as well.
Sundrop-The gold petals on this flower are stunning.
Creamsicle-This flower stands out with its white petals and brown colored center.
Kiss Rose-This gazania comes in different shades of pink.
Sunbather’s Sunset-Deep red petals on this flower make this gazania stand out from the rest.
Daybreak-These large flowers come in a variety of colors with stripes.
Mix and match some of these gazanias to enjoy a colorful section in your garden!
How to Grow Gazania Flowers
Gazania flowers are great flowers to add to a low maintenance area of the garden. They love heat and grow well in hot, full sun areas.
I also love them because they make great container plants that can be left alone since they don’t need much water.
For best blooms, use sandy, well-draining soil, although gazanias can grow in a variety of soils and conditions due to their hardiness. I use Miracle Gro Potting Mix for these and most of my plants since it is a great, all-around potting soil.
Don’t overwater your gazania plants. This can cause fungal disease and root rot, killing the plant. The soil needs to dry between waterings for best results and so that you can get the most enjoyment of the beautiful flowers blooming from this plant.
To encourage more blooms, prune back dead flowers. I recently cut off the dead flowers and there are already more sprouting up from the leaves.
We have each plant in its own container. I love how they close up at night, as if to sleep. When the sun is out, the gazanias bloom beautiful, vibrant colored flowers.
If you live in a hot arid place and enjoy daisies, I highly recommend buying one or more gazania plants to enjoy in your garden.
Have you tried growing gazanias or want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!