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Gazania, Daybreak Pink Shades

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Add sizzle to the garden with this romantic color.

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We're blushing with pride over our pink Daybreak Gazania. If your garden is in need of a plant to add sensational color and minimal care, this is an annual for you! Gazania love the heat of summer and will amaze you with dazzling 3" blooms, even in the driest of soils. Petals are kissed with two shades of romantic pink, and blooms close every night to reopen at daybreak. Silver-green leaves are deeply cut in a feather shape and feel like felt on their white undersides. Use as a summer groundcover or as a border or edging along walkways, drives or on slopes. Try them with small yellow marigolds, any vinca, Wave petunias or alyssum for a spectacular effect. You can sow directly in the garden after the chance of all frost or start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost for earlier bloom. Plants should be spaced 6-8" apart in the garden. Plants ship in spring at proper planting time.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8-10 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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  • Gazania

    Gazania
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Gazania may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow seed 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days at 68-86 degrees F
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in full sun in well-drained soil after danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 9-12 inches apart starting when seedlings are 1 inch high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots. Do not over fertilize as gazania prefers a poor sandy soil.
  • If you wish to bring your gazania indoors for the winter as a house plant, dig and pot them before the first hard fall frost. During the winter, give plants bright light but keep them cool and barely moist.
  • Plant gazanias along the front edge of beds and borders, or use them to edge a walkway or patio, where they’ll add color from midsummer to fall.
  • Gazanias can also be used to add summer color to rock gardens, and they thrive in containers.
  • They are ideal for seaside gardens and make great additions to butterfly gardens.
  • Deadhead plants for continuous bloom.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
8-10 inches
Spread
8-10 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Pink
Gazania, Daybreak Pink Shades is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colors I grew these in a container. They were extremely easy to grow and grew very thickly, filling out the container. The flowers were true to the picture (though some had more red and orange coloring than those in the photos). They opened when the sun was out and closed during the night, which was cool to see. They lasted throughout the summer and fall.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not get seeds to grow I tried them in different locations, and I could not get germination. I grew other Burpee seeds with success this year, but for some reason these were a bust.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EASY! These are super easy to grow and produce a lot of blooms and lasted throughout the fall in Vermont. They did well in the ground and in containers.
Date published: 2008-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Performer I've grown Daybreak Gazanias for the last few years, from seed in my unheated greenhouse. The germination rate is excellent, and the plants perform very well especially when grown in multiples in large deck pots (less so when planted in the ground).
Date published: 2007-02-17
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