Spanish Daisy 'Akila' mix - SeedOsteospermum ecklonis 'Akila'
From seeds to a garden full of flowers
The popular Osteospermum! This 'Akila' mix is full of lovely coloured summer flowering annuals - very abundant flowering compact plants that are perfect in the border and perfect in pots too. Plants grown from seed stay compact naturally. These African Daisies are drought resistant and like it sunny.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreAfrican Daisy seed requires no treatment prior to planting.
How to SowSow under glass: March
Sowing from March will be easiest in a windowsill propagator, or in a cold frame. Fill your little pots with seeding compost and plant one seed per pot. Cover with a light layer of soil, press lightly in and sprinkle your pots with water. Heat will take care of the rest. Do harden off your plants before putting outdoors. To do this stand them for one hour longer every day for five days in a partly shaded spot. They should then be tough enough to go outdoors where you want them. Plant from mid-May directly outdoors in beds or borders, or in pots and planters. If outside temperatures are still on the low side, keep your seedlings in a cool light spot until it warms up a bit and to slow growth down.
The seedlings are definitely frost sensitive so cover with garden fleece if frost is forecast.
The seed should germinate in 7-21 days.
Show moreWater your African Daisies regularly. Although these African daisies are pretty drought resistant, try not to let the root ball dry out too much. We advise adding plant food regularly when watering. Deadheading will encourage new flowers to develop. African daisies (Osteospernum ecklonis) are bred as annuals.
PlantingAfrican Daisies thrive in planters or hanging baskets. Make sure they have good drainage and cover the base of any pot with gravel or hydro-pellets. Use fresh potting compost and plant your Osteospermum ecklonis at the correct depth. Fill the pot and press firmly down. Water your African Daisy immediately after planting and stand the pot, basket or window-box in full sun.
African Daisies mix great with other plants
The star-shaped flowers of Osteospermum ecklonis look fantastic combined with other plants. Border a large planter with the African daisies, filling the centre with Achimenes (Widows' Tears), upright carnations (Dianthus) and Verbena. Or try planting this annual in large groups for a really spectacular look.
Show moreAfrican Daisy in one of the top ten patio plants popular for their beautiful daisy-like flowers. A bushy plant, it will be covered all through the summer in the loveliest of colours. The centres are usually blue. African Daisy originated in South Africa and is sometimes called the Cape Daisy. It thrives there in warm and dry regions and grows wild along the roadside.
African Daisy (Osteospermum ecklonis) belongs to the aster family (Asteraceae).