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With its small size of 25 to 50 cm, its undemanding nature and in particular with its brightly colored capsicum flowers, the Cape daisy awakens longing. As a flower lover, it's hard to avoid planting them on your balcony…

African daisies also thrive on the balcony without any problems

The perfect location and less suitable locations

All of the around 70 species of African daisies like sunny locations. As a result, you should offer this perennial a full sun spot on the balcony. South-facing balconies are excellent! Even west- and east-facing balconies do not stop the African daisy from growing and blooming.

A partially shaded location is the tolerance zone. But this plant should not be placed on a north-facing balcony. She desperately needs a lot of warmth and light. She copes with the heat with ease. But she cannot make friends with stormy gusts of wind and heavy showers. Therefore, a sheltered position on the balcony would be preferable.

Window boxes, other planters and the substrate

Balcony boxes, hanging baskets (€109.00) and pots are suitable for planting. It is particularly important that these have a minimum diameter of 20 cm and have holes on the bottom from which excess water can drain. The substrate is easy to choose: a conventional potting soil meets the requirements of this perennial.

How often do these balcony plants have to be watered and fertilized?

Watering and fertilizing are important for a lasting bloom:

  • Keep soil evenly moist
  • let dry and then water
  • fertilization is unnecessary for annual crops
  • use long-term fertilizer or liquid fertilizer for fertilizing
  • Apply liquid fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks
  • do not over-fertilize, otherwise flowering lazy
  • Fertilization period: April to August

Clean out old flowers regularly

Another important part of caring for the cape daisies is cutting and trimming. The old flowers should be removed regularly. As a result, new flowers can form. It also reduces the risk of fungal infestation.

Hibernation useful or superfluous?

  • not hardy
  • either hibernate or buy new or sow in spring
  • hibernate bright
  • at 8 to 15 °C
  • Keep soil slightly moist
  • cut in spring
  • put out again from May

tips

Other balcony plants that are well suited for the neighborhood are strongly scented herbs (keep pests away), geraniums, daisies and chrysanthemums.

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