Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer and Autumn
Hardiness – Tender
Arctotis are annuals or perennials that form in either an upright or spreading in habit. They are better known as an African Daisy as are Osteospermum, Dimorphotheca and Gerberas. They showcase simplistic yet beautiful foliage that boasts a shimmering underside and large, daisy-like blooms during summer and autumn. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within courtyard, cottage and informal garden settings. You should expect to see your plants grow to an approximate height and spread of 30-45cm (12-18”).
Arctotis are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, chalk and sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Dig a hole that is the same depth and width as the root ball, amending the planting area with plenty of organic matter and mix thoroughly. Space companion plants 30cm (12”) apart which should provide sufficient space for your plants to develop. They require a position of full sun to thrive to optimum effect.
Deadhead spent flowers to prolong the flowering period and to tidy up the overall appearance. During active growth, Arctotis need regular watering until they are fully established whereby they are relatively drought tolerant, requiring moderate watering when the soil becomes dry.
It is possible to propagate Arctotis by stem cuttings.
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