Go for gaza­nias

Gaza­nias are bold, bright and easy to grow, writes Henri Ham from Awa­puni Nurs­eries

Whangarei Report - - GARDENING -

Look­ing for some easy-care, bright and beau­ti­ful flow­ers to lift your gar­den spir­its? How about grow­ing gaza­nias? With names like kiss orange flame, sun­shine, and kiss rose, they are bold, bright and, best of all, bloom­ing easy to grow.

Some­times called the African daisy, gaza­nias have the same shape as the English (com­mon) daisy. But their flow­ers are much larger (up to 10cm across) and come in vi­brant colours like orange, red and pink.

They can grow to 30cm high and are best used for mass plant­ing in gar­den beds, as or­na­men­tal ground cover and to edge lawns. They also look great in pots, tubs and win­dow boxes.

The best thing about gaza­nias is they sur­vive with al­most no care. They are tol­er­ant of poor, dry and sandy soil, mak­ing them ideal for a house at the beach or ar­eas you don’t get around to wa­ter­ing much.

You can get your gaza­nia seedlings from your lo­cal Bun­nings or Mitre 10, or shop on­line at Awa­puni Nurs­eries and have them de­liv­ered to your door. We guar­an­tee you’ll be sat­is­fied with the qual­ity of your plants. If you’re not com­pletely happy we will re­place them for you.

Gaza­nia are super easy to plant. Sim­ply dig a small hole and space each seedling 20cm apart. If you’re think­ing of mass plant­ing gaza­nia (20-30 seedlings in an area), why not grab one of our bulk seedling bun­dles that come with 25 seedlings in them?

Al­though they are droughtre­sis­tant, you will get big­ger and more flow­ers if you do wa­ter them.

I pinch off fad­ing flow­ers with my fin­gers to en­cour­age more to bloom.

In late win­ter or early spring, give your gaza­nia plants a prune by cut­ting the fo­liage back to 5 to 10cm above the ground. You can do this with prun­ing shears and it will re­vive the plant and bring on new growth.

And now for a fun flower fact. gaza­nia flow­ers close up at night. Why? To re­duce their risk of freez­ing. And if it’s cloudy the next day they won’t open fully.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.awa­puni.co.nz

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