Gazania flowers are part of the Asteraceae family of annual and perennial daisies. Native to South Africa, they are perennial in zones 9 and 10, but are treated as annuals in colder, frost-prone areas. The Gazania flowers close up in low sunlight, a well-known characteristic of these carpet-forming plants. Gazanias are very easy to grow, requiring only full sunlight and minimal water and fertilizer. They can be sown from seeds or planted as mature plants.

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Growing and Caring for Gazania Flowers

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Step 1

Select a location in the garden that has a light sandy soil and receives more than four hours of direct sunlight per day.

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Step 2

Amend soil with a good quality commercial fertilizer for flowering plants.

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Step 3

Sow Gazania flower seeds outside just after the last frost of the year, at a depth of about 3mm. Space the plants at 20 to 40cm apart, depending upon the size of the Gazania variety.

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Step 4

Water weekly until seedlings are established.

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Step 5

Deadhead spent flowers to promote blooming.

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Step 6

Propagate established plants by dividing them in half with a small spade once they grow into clumps, or by collecting seeds from spent flowers. Seeds can be collected by shaking dried flower heads onto a white sheet of paper and separating out the seeds for future sowing.