|Flowering:||May - October|
|Growing Height:||25 - 30 cm|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Latin name:||Gazania rigens 'New Day Tiger'|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
Gazania seed required no treatment prior to sowing.
How to Sow
Sow under glass: March
Sowing from March will be easiest in a windowsill propagator, or in a cold frame. Fill your little pots with seeding compost and plant one seed per pot. Cover with a light layer of soil, press lightly in and sprinkle your pots with water. Heat will take care of the rest. Do harden off your plants before putting outdoors. To do this stand them for one hour longer every day for five days in a partly shaded spot. They should then be strong enough to go outdoors where you want them. Plant from mid-May directly outdoors in beds or borders, or in pots and planters. If outside temperatures are still on the low side, keep your seedlings in a cool light spot until it warms up a bit and to slow grown down.
The seedlings are definitely frost sensitive so cover with garden fleece if frost is forecast.
The seed should germinate in 7-21 days.
Water your Gazania regularly - do not allow the root ball to dry out. Afternoon Gold is fairly drought resistant but it doesn’t like to stand in water for any length of time, but it mustn't dry out entirely. Regular deadheading will encourage new buds to form. Bakker advises regular feeding in the summer when watering for a more profuse flowering. Gazania is bred as an annual.
In spring, plant Gazanias in pots, planters or in beds and borders. If potting, do use a pot with sufficient drainage holes. Cover the base with gravel or hydro-pellets. Use fresh potting compost and plant at the right depth about 15 cm apart (slightly more when in the garden). Fill up with more potting compost and press firmly in. Water immediately and generously. Stand the pot(s) in full sun. Line a porous pot with a plastic liner or use a plastic pot - this helps retain moisture and the plant won't dry out too quickly. Improve garden soil with some potting compost when planting outdoors.
When the Gazania is in flower the whole plant will be covered in large daisy-like flowers, making Gazania the ideal plant for beds or borders. Plant this perennial in large groups for a spectacular effect. Or create a colourful display in beds and borders mixed with other low growing varieties of dahlia and oxeye daisies.