Gazania flowers

How to grow gazanias

Find out all you need to know about growing gazanias, in this detailed Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Gazanias, also known as treasure flowers for their jewel bright blooms, are fantastic for bringing colour to patios and sunny borders. They’re either grown as annuals or as spreading, evergreen perennial plants. The daisy-type flowers love sunshine and if they don’t get enough of it, will close up. The blooms come in shades of rose, red, pink, bronze, gold and orange and are set off by the cool green foliage.

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Take a look at our handy gazania Grow Guide, below.


Where to plant gazanias

Gazanias growing in a windowbox
Gazanias growing in a windowbox

Native to South Africa, gazanias love a hot, sunny position in the garden. Soil should be moderately fertile and well-drained. Gazanias will do well in coastal and gravel gardens and suit containers and hanging baskets.


Planting gazanias

Gazania 'Tiger Stripe' seedlings
Gazania ‘Tiger Stripe’ seedlings

Annual gazanaias can be sown from seed in late winter/early spring. Sow in in pots or trays of seed compost. They benefit from heat to germinate, so either place in a heated propagator or in a clear plastic bag on a warm windowsill. When your gazania seedlings are big enough to handle, transplant into pots and hard off outdoors on warmer days before planting out after the last frost.


Taking gazania cuttings

Take cuttings in late summer and overwinter indoors.


Gazanias: problem solving

Gazanias are generally pest and disease free when grown outdoors. Look out for aphids when brought indoors overwinter.


Care

Gazanias growing in a pot with black-eyed Susan
Gazanias growing in a pot with black-eyed Susan

Deadhead gazanias regularly to ensure plentiful blooms and although gazanias do well in hot dry conditions, do water if dry spells continue for a long time. Feed container grown gazanias fortnightly with potash-rich fertiliser. Pot-grown gazanias can be overwintered indoors.

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Gazania varieties to try

  • Gazania ‘Big Kiss White Flame’  – the large white and pink-striped petals are almost as big as your hand. Perfect for filling gaps in a sunny summer border, or for growing in a container
  • Gazania ‘Tiger Stripes’  – has bright yellow and orange-striped blooms. It’s perfect for using in a tropical container display with other fiery coloured flowers, as well as in the border to fill gaps
  • Gazania ‘Kiss Bronze’  – bears double flowers in a cheerful bronze-orange
  • Gazania ‘Kiss Gold’ – flowers early on in the summer, and will even flower on duller days
  • Gazania rigens ‘Variegata’ – an evergreen, variegated perennial to 25cm. Flowers are yellow or orange and leaves dark green edged with yellow and cream