GROWING AND SAVING SEED OF AFRICAN DAISY
Latin name Osteospermum sp. is a frost-tender perennial member of the Asteraceae family that is typically grown as an annual.
Native to South Africa, osteospermum is a perennial that can be propagated by cuttings or overwintered in frost-free areas and is different than the true annual "African Daisy," which is in the genus Dimorphotheca and is also from South Africa.
Ornamental, beds, borders, containers.
- Seeds germinate in 14-21 days.
- Ideal germination temperature is 60-65 F.
- Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost date and transplant out after all chance of frost has passed.
- Surface sow seeds and cover with a thin layer (1/16 inch) of fine seed starting mix.
- Keep plants well-watered until 4 inches tall, after which you can cut down on irrigation, as the plants will flop over when over-watered.
- Plants prefer full sun; they can handle drying out and are considered moderately drought tolerant.
- They handle a wide range of soils as long as the soil is well-drained.
- Space plants at least 10 inches apart.
- Keep plants deadheaded to encourage a longer blooming season.
- Plants dislike excessive humidity, so be mindful of air circulation.
- An excellent choice for container growing and bedding, it also makes a statement planted en masse.
- Fungal disease can plague African Daisy; to avoid this issue, be sure to keep water away from foliage and only water the roots of the plant!
- Control aphids with organic-approved insecticidal soaps.
- African Daisy will readily self-seed in the garden, but you can save your own seeds if you like.
- Allow seed heads to turn brown and dry, store in a cool, dark, dry place.