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Caring for Gazanie - everything about watering, fertilizing & wintering

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The Gazanie is not one of the most demanding plants. However, the right care measures are important and necessary for the plant to develop splendidly.

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The Gazanie is also known as lunchtime gold. After all, it is a radiant sun worshiper who, with its yellow flowers, can provide a wonderful sight on the balcony or in your own garden.

So that the plant can thrive perfectly on the balcony or on the terrace at home, the appropriate care is a must. We are now showing what all amateur gardeners should pay attention to.

How much does the Gazanie need to be poured?

Although the little sun worshipers clearly prefer a location with full solar radiation, the water requirement of this balcony plant is rather moderate. The midday gold does not appreciate too much wetness at all. It is better to keep the soil around the Gazanie moderately moist, but not too wet.

In addition to careful watering, a water-permeable substrate combined with the appropriate drainage is important. Because even if the Gazanie is poured too much, it doesn't have to be such a big problem. Increased watering, on the other hand, only makes sense during unusually hot periods.

By scanning the substrate beneath the gazanie, you can easily check whether it is indeed time to water the plant again. In general, gazanie balcony plants are watered more often than when the midday gold was planted in a garden bed outdoors.

The Gazanie appreciates generous fertilizer applications

A generous fertilization, however, gets the midday gold excellent. For this purpose, it is best to use a liquid fertilizer from specialist dealers. This can easily be added to the irrigation water. It is sufficient to apply fertilizer every two weeks. In addition, a liquid fertilizer comes with a decisive advantage. Since it supplies the plant with nutrients via the irrigation water, this fertilizer can reach all components of the plant in the root area equally well.

Always remove withered flowers and leaves

In order for the gazanie to shine in its full splendor, the withered flowers must be removed at regular intervals. These can be easily collected by hand. However, cleaning the balcony plant is not just for optical reasons. Because only when the withered inflorescences have been carefully removed does this stimulate the gazanie to bloom again, as most balcony owners would like to see.

Withered leaves, however, are rare in Gazanie. Withered leaves can, however, indicate an infestation with pests. Therefore, the now unsightly leaves of the plant should be removed just as quickly. Then there is still the chance that the infestation will not even extend to the rest of the midday gold, but can be stopped in time.

What is the best way to hibernate Gazania?

In order to ensure the most abundant flowering in the coming year of the multi-year balcony plant, targeted measures for the wintering of the plant are essential. Ideally, the plant should be dug out so that the midday gold is not exposed to harmful frost in the first place. It can then be placed in a pot to carefully overwinter the crop elsewhere.

The new location of the plant should of course have appropriate frost protection, otherwise all the effort would be in vain. After all, the Gazanie originally comes from South Africa and is not used to such cold climatic conditions in its home. For this reason, even a single occurrence of night frost leads to the shrinking of this type of plant. These tips should also be heeded when wintering over the midday gold:

  • the place for the wintering of the plant should be frost-free, but still cool
  • choose a bright location for the winter
  • pay attention to a minimal water supply during the winter
  • too much water during the winter time can lead to the formation of mold in the gazanie (this could mean the plant dies)
  • Only plant the Gazanie outdoors again when the last frost is finally over

If you don't want to do this work, just pull the Gazanie out in autumn. It can then be wonderfully composted and thus at least used as garden fertilizer. The midday gold will then no longer bloom next spring, so the plant will have to be replanted or sown instead in the coming year. Since that is the case, Gazania is usually sold as an annual plant in local shops.

Pruning of the Gazanie after successful wintering

After successful wintering, pruning can make sense for a gazanie of several years. This is mainly due to the fact that over time the plant not only increases in height but also in width. However, pruning is usually not necessary for an annual plant.

Possible pest and disease infestation

In general, the Gazanie is considered to be quite robust. This is especially true when the correct planting conditions prevail and the gold at midday is well cared for. In this case, it is only snails that like to tamper with this plant. They are particularly targeting the young gazanie foliage, which is not good for the plant. Eventually, the midday gold is cleared and the plant is likely to die.

If the gazanie has been planted in a bed, then spreading snail grain is an obvious preventative measure. In the case of buckets and pots, on the other hand, snail infestation is rather a rarity. This measure is therefore only necessary if snails can actually be found in the vicinity of Gazanie.

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