The bright, pink and white, daisylike flowers of the "Kiss Rose" gazania (Gazania rigens "Kiss Rose") prove a more than adequate compensation for the plant's maintenance needs. Also known as the treasure flower, this herbaceous plant grows as a short-lived perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11 and as an annual in cooler climates. "Kiss Rose" gazania requires full sun and fast-draining, light, sandy soil, making it a great addition to water-wise landscapes or rock gardens. Suitable for borders and baskets, the "Rose Kiss" gazania grows 10 inches tall and wide.
1 Pull weeds around the "Kiss Rose" gazania. Spread a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch around the plant. Keep the mulch 3 inches away from the gazania's stems to allow adequate air circulation and prevent rot.
2 Water the plant when the soil dries but before its foliage begins to wilt. Apply 1 inch of water from a garden hose to moisten the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Water the "Kiss Rose" gazania during the morning to allow time for its leaves to dry before dark. Never water to the point the soil becomes soggy.
3 Mix 1 tablespoon 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer with 1 gallon of water in a watering can. Apply the fertilizer to the "Kiss Rose" gazania every 14 days.
4 Snip off the gazania’s flowers once they fade and begin to drop petals. This helps promote more flowering. Cut horizontally through the base of flower's stem with pruning snips. Discard the blooms in the compost pile or garden waste can.
5 Check the plant's leaves for holes or other signs of slugs and snails when you water. Examine the foliage for tiny webbing spun by spider mites. Set snail and slug traps near the plants to catch and deter these feeding pests. Mix 2 tablespoons neem oil with 1 gallon water in a tank sprayer. Pressurize the tank and spray the solution over the mite infested foliage. Re-apply the neem oil every seven to 14 days until the pests disappear.
Items you will need
- Garden hose
- 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer
- Watering can
- Pruning snips
- Slug and snail traps
- Neem oil
- Tank sprayer
- Sterilize the pruning snips with a 50 percent bleach solution both before and after deadheading the gazania to prevent the spread of disease.
- Leave some spent blooms on the plant to encourage seed development if you wish the plants to self-seed.
- Wear gloves when spreading mulch to prevent contact with soil-borne diseases.
- Wear protective clothing when spraying neem oil to prevent it from directly contacting your skin. Change clothes and wash them immediately after spraying to remove any residue.
- Never spray neem oil when the temperature is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid applying insecticides in windy conditions to prevent them from drifting.
- Store the neem oil in its original container, away from children, pets and food.
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