Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Daisy Lovers Unite!

I rediscovered this flower after several years of not growing it. It's called Osteospermum but is also known as African Daisy, Cape Daisy or sometimes the very fitting Blue-eyed Daisy. It comes in many different colors: creams, pinks, yellows, oranges and purples. They are mostly sold as annuals at the nursery. Easy to care for, they like a warm, sunny spot and it's important that the soil in the container not be allowed to dry out completely so be sure to water steadily and consistently. Also, they do like regular fertilizer but by now you know my position on that issue so mine are lucky to get a dose of fertilizer twice in a season. Another reason to use a time-release fertilizer when you first plant.

My osteospermum is planted in a container with dracena, scaevola, cuphea and zinnias. All seem to be living in harmony.

Bookshelf: Container Gardening Books

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