Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – May to October
Hardiness – Half hardy
Osteospermum are annuals, perennials or sub shrubs with intensely fragrant and evergreen upright foliage with vibrant and showy daisy-like blooms. They are often referred to by the name ‘African Daisy’ as Africa is where they originate. They look best in flower beds and borders within courtyard, informal and cottage garden settings. They also make a great addition to containers and pots. You should expect to see Osteospermum grow to an approximate height and spread of 30-40cm (12-16”).
Osteospermum are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk and sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. These plants are best positioned in an area of full sun but will tolerate part shade if necessary. Make sure you water these plants deeply and thoroughly at the time of planting and continue to do so whilst they are young, taking care not to waterlog the soil.
Water Osteospermum regularly to prevent your plants from drying out, taking care not to overwater the soil as this will cause detriment to the root system. For your plants to thrive, you may wish to feed Osteospermum on a weekly basis with a general fertiliser as this will promote flowering. It is possible to dead head wilted flowers as this will prolong flowering – this will also neaten your plant when it has finished blooming. As Osteospermum are not hardy, it is beneficial to provide your plant with winter protection.
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