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Gazania, Daybreak Pink Shades
Add sizzle to the garden with this romantic color.
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.
Sow in ordinary garden soil in a sunny area after danger of spring frost. In mild climates, plant fall to early spring. Sow seeds evenly and thinly in rows 18" apart and cover with 1/4"of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days, depending on soil and weather conditions. THIN to stand 9-12" apart Starting when seedlings are 1" high. Transplant seedlings outdoors once the soil warms, no earlier than two weeks after the frost-free date, or after all danger of frost has passed. Gazanias thrive under hot, dry conditions in full sun and poor soil. Give plants plenty of space to ensure good air circulation and prevent powdery mildew. Deadheading plants is recommended for prolonging the bloom season.
To overwinter plants, 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 theyll add color from midsummer to fall. Gazanias can also be use 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.