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. The Arctotis should be preferably located in a place where it can have at least a few hours a day of direct solar light.The Arctotis can't stand cold weather, therefore in general it should be grown in a sheltered place; during the Spring months, when the minimum temperatures are above zero, it can be moved outside.
In the spring let’s 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.
Let's water abundantly, moistening the soil deeply with 2-3 glasses of water , but let's act only when the substratum is dry, leaving it dry even for 1-2 weeks before watering it. 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 aren’t 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.
Plant - 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.