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How to Grow and Care for African Daisy Plants

Osteospermum barberae

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsWhite flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plantA photograph of Osteospermum barberae is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
African Daisies are generally considered to be annual plants, but certain species are hardy to USDA zone 6.
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Growing Requirements for African Daisies

Osteospermums should be grown in full sun, but they will tolerate some partial shade.
African Daisies should be watered regularly because if they are allowed to dry out completely their growth will be stunted.
Once established, the African Daisy should be fed every 2 weeks with a good all-purpose fertilizer. Remove the spent flowers promptly to promote new growth.
Any weak or spindly stems should also be removed... they will quickly be replaced by fresh new growth!
Hardy Osteospermums should be cut back to the ground in late fall or very early spring.

African Daisy Flowers

The blooming season of the African Daisy plant begins in early spring and continues until the first frosts of fall.
The flowers of the African Daisy will only open fully on a sunny day, but even on an overcast day, they will open partially, giving you a much different effect.

Propagating Osteospermum Plants

Osteospermums can be grown from seeds sown in the garden in early summer or started indoors at any time.
African Daisy plants can also be started from softwood tip cuttings taken from non-flowering shoots.
African Daisy
Osteospermum barberae
An African Daisy Blooming in the Garden The Flower of an African Daisy, Osteospermum barberae

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