African Daisy Growing Guide

Arctotis hybrids  (A. fastuosa x A. venusta)

African Daisy

Crop Rotation Group



Sandy, well-drained soil enriched with compost.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No. Arctotis will grow as a perennial only in semi-tropical areas. In temperate climates it is grown as a summer annual.


Drench with a liquid organic fertilizer when plants begin to bloom heavily.


Single Plants: 11" (30cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 11" (30cm) with 11" (30cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start seeds indoors and expect seeds to germinate after 7 to 10 days. Set plants out after the soil warms when they are 6 weeks old. Or, set out purchased bedding plants in spring. Young plants need water when they are actively growing, but require less attention once a good network of roots is established.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


African daisies have brightly colored flowers with contrasting, often bluish, centers. The flowers close at night or during rainy weather. Most varieties have attractive gray-green foliage. African daisies are a great drought-tolerant flower for dry spots. A different flower, Osterospermum, also goes by the common name of African daisy, but it is not as drought tolerant as Arctotis.


Remove old flowers often to keep new buds coming.


Root rot can develop when grown in wet, heavy soil. Older plants may become infected by powdery mildew.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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