How to Grow an African Daisy (Arctotis)

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African daisies are flowers that will grow in most climates and come back year after year. Plant and grow African daisies, an annual flower, with tips from an experienced gardener in this free video on planting flowers and gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda from In this segment we're going to talk about the African daisy, also known as Arctotis. It's a beautiful plant that does great in your garden, and it's from South Africa and other parts of Africa. It's a beautiful, beautiful plant. And it's related to the daisy family; it's an aster, so it's really easy to grow; anywhere a daisy will grow, it will grow. And it's very hardy, too. In colder climates, they do freeze out, but you can save the seeds too, and start them as annuals every year. And they're just a beautiful plant; they'll come back year after year in warmer climates too. And you just start the seeds either in the fall or the spring. Just throw some seeds on the ground and kind of rake the ground up, and they'll come right up. Or as lots of times you can buy them in containers already growing. But they're a beautiful plant; they look just like a daisy but they come in lots of bright colors and purples and pinks and oranges and yellows. They're really, really pretty. In South Africa they grow wild in Namaqualand, way in the middle of nowhere there'll be just thousands of acres of beautiful African daisies in bloom each year, and it's just a beauty, and it's such a beautiful sight to see. So you can bring some of that home with you too, and grow 'em in your garden. So the African daisy is a great plant that's easy to grow. Just put it in a sunny spot with good drainage, and cut it back if it turns brown in the fall. And besides that, there's nothing you have to do to it, and it'll come back every year.