How to Grow African Daisy (Osteospermum)

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African daisies, or osteospermum, grow in temperate climates and can be started indoors, so that they will bloom through the warmer months of the year. Avoid trying to grow African daisies in colder climates during the winter with advice from a... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about an African Daisy, the Osteospermum. Now, they're a beautiful African Daisy that's found from South Africa. Now, the Osteospermums are shrubby evergreen perennials, and they're related to the annuals, the Dimorphothecas, which are often sold under the name of Osteospermums. So, you have to be careful when you buy them that you actually get the right variety. Now, Osteospermums, they make a wonderful display in almost any position. They prefer a warm, temperate climate like their native South Africa, and they produce a carpet of color for many weeks in winter and spring. However, most species can tolerate some frost, and in colder climates they can be grown as summer and autumn blooming annuals. So, Osteospermums are easy to grow from seed, and you can start 'em indoors if you live in a colder climates about a month early, and then set 'em out in May or June - whenever it gets 60 and above. And that way, they'll come up and bloom beautifully through the fall. And another trick is they bloom out and look kind of ratty - just chop 'em down a little bit chop the dead flowers out, and they'll keep producing more beautiful flowers. So, if you live in a cold climate, they'll probably not make it over the winter. If you live in a warm climate, they will. So, you can actually take the cuttings or divisions in the fall and separate 'em back out, or start it from seed again in the spring. And, they're a beautiful beautiful daisy to have in your garden.