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To grow African daisies, or dimorphotheca, start them indoors and once they begin to grow, and it is at least 60 degrees, move them outside so they will bloom in the sun. Learn how African daisies will not grow well in colder, wetter climates with... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn how to grow the African Daisy; Dimorphotheca. It's a beautiful, beautiful African Daisy from South Africa. So they're also called the Star-of-the-Veldt, or an Namaqualand daisy, or African Daisy. And they're in the Aster family, they're also called Cape Marigold. So they're found from Southern Africa, the very southern point, all the way to the area of Namaqualand, up here in the North. So they're an annual in colder climates, and in warmer climates, sometimes they'll even become a perennial and come back year, after year, and they seed themselves as well. But they really are easy to grow, they need full, hot sun, and good dry soil in between. They don't want too much water, because they rot really easily. So they're a little bit harder to grow, and a little bit colder wetter climates. But to start them indoors, early, and then as soon as they start growing, and it gets over at least 60 degrees, then put them outside, and they'll come up, and they'll bloom beautifully. But they're not a good cut flower, because they actually close up when the sun is not out. So on a shady day, or at night they close up. And in the house they close up. So they're a beautiful, beautiful annual, in colder climates, and they come back as a perennial in warmer climates.