The Gazanie is not one of the most demanding plants. However, the right care measures are important and necessary for the plant to develop splendidly.
The Gazanie is also known as lunchtime gold. After all, it is a radiant sun worshiper who, with its yellow flowers, can provide a wonderful sight on the balcony or in your own garden.
So that the plant can thrive perfectly on the balcony or on the terrace at home, the appropriate care is a must. We are now showing what all hobby gardeners should pay attention to.
How much does the Gazanie need to be poured?
Although the little sun worshipers clearly prefer a location with full solar radiation, the water requirement of this balcony plant is rather moderate. The midday gold does not appreciate too much wetness at all. It is better to keep the soil around the Gazanie moderately moist, but not too wet.
In addition to careful watering, a water-permeable substrate combined with the appropriate drainage is important. Because even if the Gazanie has been poured too much, it does not have to be such a big problem. Increased watering, on the other hand, only makes sense during unusually hot periods.
By scanning the substrate below the gazanie, you can easily check whether it is indeed time to water the plant again. In general, gazanie balcony plants are watered more often than when the midday gold was planted in a garden bed outdoors.
The Gazanie appreciates generous fertilizer applications
A generous fertilization, however, gets the midday gold excellent. For this purpose, it is best to use a liquid fertilizer from specialist dealers. This can easily be added to the irrigation water. It is sufficient to apply fertilizer every two weeks. In addition, a liquid fertilizer comes with a decisive advantage. Since it supplies the plant with nutrients via the irrigation water, this fertilizer can reach all components of the plant in the root area equally well.
Always remove withered flowers and leaves
In order for the gazanie to shine in its full splendor, the withered flowers must be removed at regular intervals. These can be easily collected by hand. However, cleaning the balcony plant is not just for optical reasons. Because only when the withered inflorescences have been carefully removed does this stimulate the gazanie to bloom again, as most balcony owners would like to see.
Withered leaves, however, are rare in Gazanie. Withered leaves can indicate pest infestation. Therefore, the now unsightly leaves of the plant should be removed just as quickly. Then there is still the chance that the infestation will not extend to the rest of the midday gold, but can be stopped in time.
What is the best way to hibernate Gazania?
In order to ensure that the multi-year balcony plant continues to flower as abundantly as possible in the coming year, targeted measures for overwintering the plant are essential. Ideally, the plant should be dug out so that the midday gold is not exposed to harmful frost in the first place. It can then be placed in a pot to carefully overwinter the crop elsewhere.
The new location of the plant should of course have appropriate frost protection, otherwise all the effort would be in vain. After all, the Gazanie originally comes from South Africa and is not used to such cold climatic conditions in its home. For this reason, even a single occurrence of night frost leads to the shrinking of this type of plant. These tips should also be heeded when wintering over the midday gold:
- the place for the wintering of the plant should be frost-free, but still cool
- choose a bright location for the winter
- pay attention to a minimal water supply during the winter
- too much water during the winter time can lead to the formation of mold in the gazanie (this could mean the plant dies)
- Only plant the Gazanie outdoors again when the last frost is finally over
If you don't want to do this work, just pull the Gazanie out in autumn. It can then be wonderfully composted and thus at least used as garden fertilizer. The midday gold will then no longer bloom in the next spring, so that the plant will have to be replanted or sown instead in the coming year. Since this is the case, the Gazanie is usually sold as an annual plant in the local trade anyway.
Pruning of the Gazanie after successful wintering
After successful wintering, pruning can make sense for a gazanie of several years. This is mainly due to the fact that over time the plant not only increases in height but also in width. In the case of an annual plant, however, pruning is usually not necessary.
Possible pest and disease infestation
In general, the Gazanie is considered to be quite robust. This is especially true when the correct planting conditions prevail and the gold at midday is well cared for. In this case, it is only snails that like to tamper with this plant. They are particularly targeting the young gazanie foliage, which is not good for the plant. Eventually, the midday gold is cleared, and the plant is very likely to die.
If the gazanie has been planted in a bed, then spreading snail grain is an obvious preventative measure. In the case of buckets and pots, on the other hand, snail infestation is rather a rarity. This measure is therefore only necessary if snails can actually be found in the vicinity of Gazanie.