10404Gazania big kiss rose full sun SA


Gazania big kiss rose full sun SA

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Gazania ‘Big Kiss Rose’ is a cultivar of Gazania, known for its large, daisy-like flowers in shades of pink. Here’s how you can grow Gazania ‘Big Kiss Rose’:

  1. Climate and location: Gazanias thrive in full sun and prefer warm, dry climates. They are drought-tolerant once established and are well-suited for gardens in regions with hot summers and mild winters.
  2. Soil preparation: Gazanias prefer well-draining soil. Before planting, amend heavy or clay soils with organic matter like compost to improve drainage and fertility. Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level.
  3. Planting: Plant Gazania ‘Big Kiss Rose’ in spring after the threat of frost has passed. Dig holes that are slightly wider than the nursery pots and at the same depth. Space multiple plants about 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart to allow for their spreading growth habit.
  4. Watering: Water newly planted Gazanias regularly to help establish their root systems. Once established, they are drought-tolerant and require minimal watering. Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as Gazanias are susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soils.
  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Organic mulches like bark chips or compost can also add nutrients to the soil as they break down.
  6. Fertilizing: Gazanias are not heavy feeders, but you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates, and avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to leggy growth and fewer flowers.
  7. Deadheading: Remove spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the growing season. This also prevents the plants from setting seeds, which can divert energy away from flower production.
  8. Pruning: Trim back leggy or straggly growth periodically to maintain a compact, bushy habit. Use clean, sharp pruners to avoid damaging the plants.
  9. Pest and disease control: Gazanias are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but they may occasionally be affected by aphids, snails, or powdery mildew. Monitor your plants regularly and treat any pest or disease issues promptly with appropriate methods, such as insecticidal soap for aphids or copper fungicides for powdery mildew.
  10. Winter care: In regions with cold winters, Gazania ‘Big Kiss Rose’ may be treated as an annual or brought indoors during the winter months. Alternatively, you can provide winter protection by covering the plants with frost cloth or bringing container-grown plants into a sheltered area.

By following these care tips, you can grow and enjoy the beautiful, pink flowers of Gazania ‘Big Kiss Rose’ in your garden.


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