The Osteospermum is a popular summer bloomer. It is also known as the ‘Spanish Daisy’. Originating from South Africa, Osteospermums belong to the family of composite or daisy-like plants (Asteraceae). Hence they are also referred to worldwide as the African Daisy, South African Daisy, Cape Daisy or Blue-eyed Daisy. The Osteospermum is an early bloomer. You will find it on sale in garden centres or florists early in the spring. The brightly coloured flowers come in a wide variety of different shades. Did you know that the flowers of the Osteospermum close up at night and open again in the morning to greet the sun?
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
This abundantly flowering plant is an ideal pot plant for your patio or balcony. It needs plenty of sunlight and can therefore be placed in full sun. Choose bright, cheerful pots to give you a splash of colour in early spring.
Caring for your Osteospermum
This plant requires special care when it comes to watering. Only water your plant when the soil is almost dry. Don’t let the plant and its roots stand in water. Water must always be able to drain off so use a patio flower pot with a hole in the bottom. When watering your plant, make sure that the flowers don’t get wet as it won’t do them any good. Pinch off faded flowers in order to encourage the plant to produce new ones.