Seed To Bloom:
Recommended. Sow in pots 6-8 weeks before last frost. Cover with vermiculite to retain moisture and keep at 60-65°F.
Direct sow at last frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Cape Daisy, or monarch of the Veldt, is native to South Africa. The startlingly brilliant orange flowers are a vivid counterpoint to the soft grey-green felted foliage. Attractive to bees but distasteful to deer, they are valuable as cut flowers. In northern gardens provide a warm, sheltered, sunny spot with freely draining soils and some flower fertilizer midseason—they will continue in bloom with little care until late fall. It dislikes high humidity and heat as well as extended rainy weather. Deadhead for neatness and continuous flower production.
Water regularly until established, then only during prolonged dry periods.
Prefers acidic to neutral but tolerates most pH levels
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Plants are susteptible to wind damage; provide support in windy areas.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when fowers are 3/4 to fully open.