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The aster family is astrological. The plant is 20-30cm tall and has a length of 15-25cm. Flower baskets with a diameter of 8-10cm are open in sunny weather. Blossoms from June to frost. Light- and heat-loving. Planted on flower beds, borders, slaves, grown as a potted culture.
Sowing of gazania for seedlings Many gardeners ask how to grow gazania from seeds and when gazania seeds are sown to receive seedlings. Dates of gazania seed sowing depend on what area you live. If you have a late, cold spring, then too early sowing of gazania seeds will require additional lighting for the growth of seedlings. Otherwise they will develop very slowly. On the other hand, if the seeds are sown later, for example, in May, gazania will bloom later. Therefore gazania seeds are sown not earlier than mid-March, or even mid-April, in deep containers for a long taproot to grow vertically without curving. The soil in the boxes should be light, well-draining, with pH value of 5.5-6.5. Sowing should be rare, and it is better to put the seed grains in a staggered order, keeping the distance between them of 0.8-1 inch. Seeds can be lightly sprinkled with soil, or you can just press them firmly to the ground. Spray the seeds, cover with foil and put in a warm (64-68 ºF), bright place. Airing and removing of condensate are needed daily. Seedlings appear in one or two weeks.
Gazania seedlings If the seedlings are grown in a deep container, you should not prick them out, but if the box is shallow, the seedlings are pricked out upon the appearance of the fourth leaf into peat-compost pots and are placed in a cool room (54-61 ºF). An insulated but unheated balcony will be a good place. Meanwhile you should start getting the young plants adjusted to the temperatures outside by opening the window for a short time during the day, but avoiding the draft.
How to grow gazania Conditions for growing gazania, as already mentioned, are a bright sunlight and well-draining soil. But despite its love for the heat, gazania can tolerate a sharp fall of temperature up to 23-19 ºF. Care for gazania in the garden requires a moderate watering, followed by loosening the soil, removing weeds, and timely removal of faded inflorescences for the plant to form new buds. Also it is recommended to mulch the soil as this will help retain moisture in the soil during the summer heat and reduce the number of weeds in the area. Growing gazania flowers also includes applying of fertilizers: if your gazania is planted in a fertile soil, it is necessary to feed it once a month and a half with a solution of complete fertilizer at the rate of 0.7-0.8 oz per 11 square feet, but if you plant it in a poor rocky soil, you should fertilize it every 2-4 weeks.