Osteospermum - please refer to plant caretag for specific variety information
Colours - Pink, rose, purple and white.
Flowering period - Blooms throughout the season.
Features - Intensely coloured flowers, highlighted with contrasting center. These lovely flowers provide a striking contrast against the foliage.
Spacing - Plant 24" to 36" apart (61 - 91 cm)
Height - Grows 16" to 24" tall (41 - 61 cm)
Soil and water - Best in well drained, light sandy soil. Water regularly to prevent plants from drying out.
Light requirements - Plant in full sun.
Best use - Spectacular for adding early and late season color Use in containers or gardens.
Growing tips - Great for cool summer climates. Hardy to zones 9-11. Deadhead regularly. Fertilize weekly with an all purpose fertilizer.
An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle, from seed to bloom and back to seed again all in a single growing season.
Planning your garden
For beginners it is important to draw a garden layout plan
• Choose plants suitable for the site (sun vs. shade, soil, etc)
• Arrange plants according to their height
• Arrange according to plant form and texture
• Arrange according to flowering periods for constant blooming
• Arrange in groupings by type and color considerations
Spring annuals - FAQs
Q - Can I plant Impatiens in full sun?
A - Impatiens prefer partial sun to shade.
Q - What is the difference between seed and zonal geranium?
A - Seed geranium is grown from seed, zonal is grown from a cutting.
Q - How often should I water my hanging baskets?
A - Water hanging baskets only when the soil is dry to the touch.
Q - When is the best time to water my plants?
A - Early morning is best, because plants have a chance to soak up the moisture. Watering late in the evening can promote disease in plants.
Q - What is the difference between an annual and a perennial?
A - An Annual goes through its life cycle in one summer, and a perennial will bloom summer after summer.
Q - What is a premium annual?
A - A Premium Annual is a plant grown from a cutting.
Q - When is the best time to plant vegetables?
A - After the last heavy frost, usually after Mothers Day.
Q - What is the difference between sun impatiens and regular impatiens?
A - Sun impatiens is commonly known as new guinea impatiens and will generally tolerate more sunny locations.
Q - I love to plant annuals but I hate to pull weeds, what can I do?
A - By using landscape fabrics and/or mulches you can help to prevent weeds from growing up in your garden.
Q - How much fertilizer should I use to make my flower beds look good?
A - Different plants need different fertilizers, fertilizing once every 2 weeks will promote strong healthy plant growth. Too much fertilizer can be bad.
Q - How far apart should I plant my annuals?
A - Consult the plant care tag, this will give you an idea of the height of the plant. A general rule is to plant them 1/2 to 2/3 the height of the plant.
Select an annual
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