Gazanie: Properly care for Mittagsgold or Sonnentaler plants

Gazania are the ideal flowers for a sunny balcony or patio. Planted in the bed, the daisy family prefer a sunny, warm and light-flooded location. The special feature of the Gazania, which comes from South Africa, is that the flowers are only open when the sun is shining. With their intensely bright colors, the bedding and balcony plants will delight you for months. With good Mittagsgold care, there are always flowers on the plant. With a diameter of up to ten centimetres, Gazania are reminiscent of shining suns.

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Interesting facts about Gazania

Botanical name: Gazania hybrids (species bred from Gazania rigens, Gazania nivea and Gazania krebsiana)
Other names: Gazanie, midday gold, midday gold flower, sun thaler, sun thaler flowers, Gazania midday gold
Use: balcony and bed plant, for cemetery planting, for bowls, insect plant, bee plant
Origin Country : South Africa
Flower colours: yellow, orange, pink, cream, brown, dark red, multicolored
Flowering period: April to October
Special features:The enchanting summer flowers only open their blossoms on sunny days. The colors are unique, with intensive yellow, warm orange and many nuances, Sonnentaler are robust permanent bloomers for the whole summer. The leaves are dark green on top and fluffy white underneath. Gazania should not be confused with the botanically related ice flowers (Dorotheanthus).

In which location does the Gazani feel most comfortable?

Gazania like a sunny and warm location. Well- drained soil without waterlogging is important. Places near walls, house walls or in the rock garden are ideal, where heat is stored and released again. Make sure that the location for Gazania is protected from rain and wind as much as possible. Gazania can be planted well in bowls, balcony boxes or pots. It is important that the containers have drainage holes and, in the case of mixed plantings, that the plants are selected according to the water requirements. A Gazania plant can be combined well with magic snow or purslane.

How do I plant my Gazania in the garden?

It is ideal if you repot the midday gold flowers after purchase or plant them in the ground. The plant cannot develop optimally in the culture pot and the care effort is greater. Therefore, repotting, potting in balcony boxes or bowls or planting out is recommended. Use good quality potting soil for Gazania , this has a pH of 5.5 and is structurally stable. Make sure that the midday gold plants are sufficiently watered and then transplanted. Pretty combinations result when you plant several midday gold together in a container.

How do I properly care for my Gazania?

An even supply of water without waterlogging is important when caring for Mittagsgold. Gazania tolerate dry phases, but it is important for the constant formation of flowers that the soil is never completely dry. A pruning is not necessary for midday gold flowers, but regular cleaning of the faded parts of the plant is. With this care you promote the formation of buds in Gazania. If the weather is good and there is enough sunshine, you can enjoy the attractive summer flowers until autumn. Note that Gazania is not hardyare. Overwintering midday gold is possible, but buying a new one usually makes more sense, since overwintered specimens no longer grow and bloom so luxuriantly.

How do I water my Gazania correctly?

Given their origins, Gazania are quite frugal. In their homeland, midday gold flowers are found in sandy places and also survive phases with less precipitation. For lush growth and abundance of flowers, however, even soil moisture is an advantage. Make sure the soil dries out a bit between waterings before watering again. Waterlogging should never happen. Immediately after planting, Gazania’s water requirements are still low. Once the flower is established and temperatures are rising, daily watering may be necessary. How often you have to water depends largely on the temperatures, precipitation, the storage capacity of the soil and the volume of soil in the container.Avoid watering over foliage or flowers. It is best if you water in the morning and make sure that the water is given directly to the root.

How do I properly fertilize my Gazania?

In their natural habitat, Gazania are mainly found on barren, sandy soils. The types resulting from crossings are somewhat more demanding than the wild form of Gazania. Still, gazania requires lower amounts of fertilizer compared to other bedding and balcony plants. If you have used good quality potting soil when planting in the ground or planting in window boxes or pots, the gazania is initially supplied with fertilizer. The long-term fertilizer contained in the potting soil releases the nutrients depending on the temperature and soil moisture. Re -fertilization with liquid fertilizer can be carried out every 3 to 4 weeks from the end of Junetake place. Well suited are Kölle’s Beste Flower Fertilizers with Guano or Kölle’s Beste Bedding and Balcony Plant Fertilizers with Humate. You can also use long-term fertilizer sticks for individual pots. In this way, Gazania will be supplied with nutrients as required for months.

What pests and diseases can Gazania get?

Given the right site conditions and optimal care, Gazania are robust bedding and balcony plants. The following diseases can get midday gold.

powdery mildew

A white, easily wipeable coating can be seen on the upper side of the Gazania leaf. The coating spreads on the leaves. Severe infestations can lead to leaf fall on Gazania. Powdery mildew is a so-called fair-weather fungus, ie the midday gold plants are particularly susceptible in phases with very dry air. Even soil moisture and vital plants are important. With organic plant treatment you can protect Gazania against infestation with powdery mildew. When the first infestation occurs, you can remove the affected leaves and dispose of them with household waste. The infestation can be contained with special pesticides. However, it is always necessary to weigh the costs and benefits.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Gazania

Which plants are suitable for the combination?

All balcony plants that prefer sun and have similar water requirements are ideal. Good plant partners are: magic snow, purslane, geraniums, hussar buttons or lavender.

Are Gazania poisonous ?

Midday Gold plants are non-toxic, making them ideal for homes with children or pets.

Are Gazania Hardy?

Midday Gold flowers are not hardy but can be overwintered.

Hibernate midday gold — this is how it’s done:

  1. Bring the plants indoors before the first frost.
  2. Make sure that the place for wintering is frost-free and bright.
  3. Temperatures around 10 °C are ideal for wintering in Gazania.
  4. Make sure the soil is evenly moist (keep dry).
  5. From March it is advisable to increase the temperature to 15 to 18 °C when Gazania overwinters.
  6. During the winter, check regularly whether there are any pests or fungal diseases.

    How are Gazania propagated?

    The colorful balcony plants can be propagated by sowing or cuttings.

    Are Gazania perennial?

    Planted in the garden, Gazania plants in Germany are annuals. Low temperatures and wetness cause the popular species to die off. With sheltered wintering, Gazania are perennial.

    Are Gazania Bee Friendly?

    The simple shape of the flower means that bees and other insects can easily access the nectar of the Gazania. Midday flowers are bee friendly.

    Are Gazania eaten by snails?

    Young Gazania plants in particular are damaged by snail damage. In humid weather, snails can eat the Gazania completely.

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