Gazania Seeds - New Day Series Mix
- Seed Count: 25 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 60-75 days from germination
- Plant Type: Tender Perennial (often grown as an annual)
- Origin: Native to South Africa
- Height: 8-12 inches tall
- Light Requirement: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, sandy to loamy soil
- Special Features: Vibrant, daisy-like flowers, drought-tolerant
History: Gazania, part of the New Day Series Mix, traces its roots back to South Africa. Known for their vibrant, daisy-like flowers, Gazania plants have made their way into gardens across various continents. The New Day Series is particularly esteemed for its larger flowers and vibrant color mix, including shades of yellow, orange, and pink. Over time, Gazania has adapted to various climatic conditions but remains especially valued for its resilience to drought and poor soil quality, traits inherited from its origins in arid regions of South Africa.
Uses: Gazania is an exceedingly versatile plant that brightens up any garden or landscape setting. Not only do these flowers make eye-catching focal points in beds and borders, but their vivid colors also work exceptionally well in container gardens and hanging baskets. The New Day Series Mix is particularly popular for its bigger, more dramatic blooms. In addition to its aesthetic qualities, the plant is drought-tolerant, making it an excellent option for xeriscaping or for planting in arid regions. The Gazania flowers also attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, enhancing the garden's ecological value.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Growing Gazania from the New Day Series Mix is generally straightforward. They prefer a full sun location and well-drained, sandy to loamy soil. You can start the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or directly sow them outdoors when soil temperatures have warmed sufficiently. Plant the seeds at a depth of 1/8 to 1/4 inch, and maintain a distance of about 9-12 inches between plants. Water them moderately during the initial growth phase; once established, Gazania plants are remarkably drought-tolerant. They reach a height of 8-12 inches and spread about as wide, making them suitable for ground cover, beds, or borders. Expect the first blooms around 60-75 days after germination, and enjoy a long-lasting display throughout the summer and into fall.