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In addition to lupins and delphiniums, but also as a solitaire, the African daisy is often planted. Whether on the balcony, the terrace or outside in the perennial bed - the Cape daisy will lose out in winter if it is not overwintered.

Cape daisies do not like temperatures below -5°C

Cape daisy - not sufficiently hardy

The Cape daisy originally comes from South Africa and is therefore not sufficiently hardy in our latitudes. Its minimum temperature is -5 °C. Thus, if left outside unprotected over the winter, it will freeze to death.

The ideal winter quarters

For overwintering, choose a location for the Cape daisy that has the following characteristics:

  • light (continues to grow in winter as it is evergreen)
  • well suited: conservatory, cold house, gazebo, stairwell
  • Frost free
  • 5 to 15 °C cool tempered

Care during the winter

Since this plant is evergreen, it needs care even in winter. It should be watered sparingly so that the soil does not dry out. You should refrain from adding fertilizer! It is also recommended to check the Kapkörbchen for pest infestation. On top of that, it is advantageous to ventilate the wintering room regularly.

After hibernation

When spring slowly approaches and with it the warmer days, you can slowly get your cape basket used to direct sunlight again. First put it in the shade and gradually give it more hours of sunshine.

From mid-May, the perennial can really 'take off'. Then there is usually no threat of frost. But before that, it should be cut back hand high. After that, watering is extremely important!


Overwintering the Cape daisy outdoors is pointless. Temperatures below freezing are all too common there in winter. This would spell the end for this African perennial.

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