African daisies are a favorite of gardeners as they will grow where many other plants won't, such as dry, rocky soils along roadsides and driveways. They are available in a wide range of colors, from pale yellow to peach to purple. African daisies bloom for most of the summer and straight into fall. For some growing areas, they are perennial plants, but if you experience frost at all, they will be annuals in your garden zone. Whether you start your own African daisy seedlings indoors in early spring, or you purchase seedlings from a nursery, once you get them in the ground they are virtually worry free.
Planting African Daisies
Select a site for your African daisies. The soil should be slightly dry, as African daisies do well in poor soil that not many other plants can tolerate. They also prefer full sun.
Dig the hole for your daisy plants that is the same depth as the container they are currently in. Work a fertilizer into the soil at the bottom of the hole, following the directions on the package of your particular brand. Fertilizers are available in any lawn and garden center. Space the plants 10 inches apart if you are planting more than one.
Remove the plant from its current container and set down into the hole. Fill the excess soil back into the hole, packing it firmly but gently around the root ball.
Cover the top of the soil with a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch, such as compost or straw. Do not let the mulch rest against the daisy stem, as this can cause it to rot.
Water lightly, moistening the top of the soil, then only water during periods of extreme dryness.
Caring For African Daisies
Water African daisies only during extremely dry weather, as they tolerate, and even prefer, dry soil.
Fertilize your African daisies once per month with a general flower fertilizer of your choice. Follow package directions for the amount to use.
Pinch off blossoms that have bloomed and faded, as this will keep the daisy blooming and prevent it from going to seed throughout the summer. Allow the spent blooms to remain on the plant in the fall, and the seeds will fall to the ground and reseed the plant. However, African daisies do not like cold weather, so if you live in a Northern climate, you might have to treat it as an annual and replant the following year.
About this Author
A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.