Perennial plants mainly have a spring and summer development. During the coldest months of the year the aerial part can completely dry out, to come up the year after. Plant which need at least a few hours a day of solar light.These plants can be brought outside only if there isn't any more danger of freezings. Usually they are moved to the garden, or terrace, during the months of April-May.
In the spring letís fertilize perennials periodically, using a specific fertilizer for flowering plants, to add to the irrigating water, every 20-25 days; or we can spread a slow release fertilizer near the plants every 3-4 months.
The Arctotis has a panel-like development, therefore it tends to widen very much. These plants are perennial herbs. This plant in the summer assumes a orangeyellow colouring; it is medium in size and can reach 65 cm high. It doesn't keep its leaves in the winter.
Letís avoid watering the The Arctotis excessively, always leaving the soil dry for a few days between one watering and the other, therefore letís irrigate the substratum deeply every 1-2 weeks with 2-3 glasses of water . These plants display a pretty long period of vegetational rest. During this time it isn't necessary to water the plants.
As the day-time temperatures rise at the beginning of the spring, it is agreeable to practice a preventive treatment, with a wide-range insecticide, which should be applied when there arenít flowerings in the garden. Before the buds become too large, it is advisable to also treat them with a wide-range fungicide, to prevent the development of fungal diseases which spread easily when there is an elevated environmental moisture.
Locate these plants in a soft and deep, very well drained soil.
Notes - Arctotis
If desired, we can grow the The Arctotis in a container. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.