Blue Daisies, Brachyscome iberidifolia - Care & Wintering

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As an ornamental plant, this blue beauty is very popular because it blooms in flowerbeds and flower trays throughout from May to the first frost. Also, the care is no special demands on the hobby gardener. She is quite modest and modest. A recommendable enrichment for terrace, balcony and garden. The blue daisy exudes an intense and very pleasant scent. Therefore, the flowers are also like to cut to spread in the vase in the house well-being.

  • Habitat: summer flowers, annual
  • Growth height: 20 to about 40 cm
  • Flowering time: from May to October
  • Flower color: blue
  • Foliage: green, feathery
  • Location: Sun to partial shade
  • Growth: herbaceous
  • Use: Summer planting in borders, terrace, balcony, hanging baskets
  • Soil: nutrient-rich, humic, permeable
  • Frost: not frost hardy
  • normal germinate
  • Origin: Australia
The place in the garden bed should not be too dark for the blue daisy. The plant needs sun or partial shade in order to develop optimally. In dark shade locations, growth slows down and only a few flowers are formed. If the Blue Daisy has been assigned the right location, it will grow and thrive magnificently and thrill with lush flowering from May to October. As a container and hanging plant the blue daisy is very popular. Because the lush flowerbed brings radiant Bl├╝tensch├Ânheit on the balcony and terrace. Planting a planter with an otherwise rather bare tall stem becomes a visual highlight at each location, for example, when planted with blue daisies.
The 'Brachyscome iberidifolia' does not place great demands on location and care, neither in the bed nor in the planting of tubs or traffic lights. In an airy place in the sun or part shade and in permeable, nutrient-rich and humus-rich soil the blue daisy pleases the gardener with lush growth and rich flowering flora. The blue daisy is not susceptible to wind. If the location is right, presents the Blue Daisy from May to October in the most beautiful flowers.
The seed can be sown breitw├╝rfig directly on the spot. The best time for this is April. The seeds germinate within 1 to 2 weeks at 15 to 20┬░ C. Good germination also achieves sowing in seed trays at temperatures of about 20┬░ C. Both in the garden bed and in the planter or balcony box, the soil must be well drained. Waterlogging does not tolerate the otherwise undemanding plant. Potting soil for pots and traffic lights may optionally be mixed with expanded clay or sand to achieve good permeability. In addition to the Blue Daisy, other species and varieties with purple, white or purple flowers are commercially available.
The blue daisy is also undemanding in container planting. It requires little on the balcony and terrace, but regularly water. The root ball should never completely dry out. Waterlogging damages the small plant considerably. Therefore, the irrigation water from coasters must be removed immediately. Greater demands on the skill of the gardener, they do not. That makes them recommended even for beginners.
Both in the bed, as well as on the balcony and terrace the 'Brachyscome iberidifolia' does not have to be cropped. A regular removal of withered flowers and dead plant particles increases the growth and flowering joy. The blue daisy is very sensitive to cold. The plant dies on the first frost. Next spring, new seed will be sown on the spot and the blue flower season for the season can begin.
Fertilizer is little needed by the Blue Daisy. It is sufficient to administer a dose of normal flower fertilizer with sufficient iron content every 2 to 4 weeks.
The blue daisy 'Brachyscome iberidifolia' is not winter proof. A winter in the house at temperatures between 6 to 15┬░ C in a bright location can be tried. Other varieties, such as the 'Brachyscome multifida', on the other hand, are suitable for wintering. As the seeds of 'Brachyscome iberidifolia' grow rapidly to new lush flowering plants, the question arises whether the hibernation attempt is worthwhile at all.
The blue daisies can be easily propagated by sowing in the month of March. On the balcony or in the bed, however, the small plants are allowed only when the ice saints are over. Germination of the seeds requires a temperature of 20 to 22┬░ C. A mini greenhouse can be very helpful here.When the last frosts are over, the plantlets are set to their final location. To ensure optimal growth, the plants need a distance of 15 to 20 cm. After a short time, the wax and blossom miracle begins again.
Diseases & pests
As a pest in rare cases, the white fly can attack the blue daisy. An infestation is recognized by the following characteristics.
  • white dots appear at the bottom of leaves
  • Affected leaves become spotted and yellow, are sticky and fall off
  • on the undersides of leaves show fine nets
Help brings the immediate removal of infested shoots. Affected plant parts did not belong to the compost or the household waste. Tip: Put infected parts of plants in a plastic bag and fill with soapy water. Seal bag airtight and dispose of dead white flies later.
Of diseases that can affect the Blue Daisy, nothing is known. They are so rare that they need no mention.
frequently asked Questions
  • The leaves of my blue daisy turn all yellow. What am I doing wrong? - Check if waterlogging has occurred. Over-fertilization or iron deficiency also shows this damage. The plant should be fertilized sparingly every 2 weeks with a 'ferrous' fertilizer.
  • How can I overwinter the Blue Daisy? - The Blue Daisy 'Brachyscome iberidifolia' is a pure summer flowering plant. She dies immediately in case of frost. A winter in the house at temperatures between 6 to 15┬░ C in a bright location can be tried. Whether the attempt is crowned with success, however, is not certain
Worth knowing about the blue daisy in short
  • The blue daisy is usually cultivated once a year.
  • It is prone to wind and should be planted protected, ideally in a full sun.
  • It is also suitable as a balcony and traffic light plant.
  • A permeable, as drained as possible, nutrient-rich soil is suitable.
  • Favorable is the admixture of manure and fine-grained pumice stone.
  • The daisy does not need much water. It has to be watered regularly, but not much.
  • Ball dryness is just as harmful as waterlogging.
  • It is recommended to water every two weeks with a ferric flower fertilizer.
  • If the flowers are regularly removed, the plant will continue to flower vigorously.
  • In mild regions, it is possible to overwinter the flower outside. However, it should be covered with brushwood.
The propagation takes place by sowing in shells in a permeable, sandy substrate. This must be kept evenly moist. For germination, the seeds are only slightly covered. 2 to 3 seedlings each are piked into a 7-8 cm pot. The best time to sprout is between February and April. After the ice saint, the plantlets can be planted out. The planting distance should be about 15 cm. You can also try sowing the blue daisy locally. This can be done from the end of April. Ausges├Ąt is breitw├╝rfig. It is also possible to multiply the daisy over head and partial cuttings. The best time for this is April. Prerequisite is, you manage to overwinter a plant. Since the daisy is very sensitive to cold, this is possible only in the apartment or in a heated greenhouse.

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