Midday Flower (Midday Gold) - Sowing, Care & Cutting


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Midday Flower (Midday Gold) - Sowing, Care & Cutting: cutting

The midday flower is native to South Africa and belongs to the family of succulents.

The sowing

In February, sowing can begin on the windowsill. After just a week, the somewhat thickish leaves, which are so typical for succulents, usually show up. Later, these leaves take on an important function: In case of prolonged drought or high heat, they can store the water outstanding. When sowing, it should be ensured that the seeds are only slightly covered with soil. The ideal temperature is initially at 20 to 22 degrees Celsius, after pikieren the tender plantlets tolerate already slightly lower temperatures. When the night frosts are over, the midday flowers may be planted outdoors. Outdoor sowing is of course also possible from mid-May.

Claims and care

The perfect location for midday gold is full sun, dry and reasonably well protected. She feels particularly comfortable in front of heat-retaining walls or walls. If possible, keep a planting distance of 20 to 30 centimeters. The soil should be as permeable as possible, because waterlogged plants do not like waterlogging at all. If you like, you can add some sand or gravel to the soil, this will provide good drainage. If you have planted the midday flower in pots or pots, you can use commercially available cactus or succulent soil. If anything, the plant should only be fertilized with diluted cactus fertilizer.
Depending on the variety, the first flowers appear between early June and early July. Up to the first frosts she takes care of the beautiful colors in the garden. It is important that withered flowers are removed early and regularly so that the plant forms new buds as quickly as possible. The daffodil flower is relatively resistant to drought: If watering is forgotten, it does not take offense. As a rather frugal plant it needs no further special care.

Problems and diseases

If the summer is rather cool, rainy and sun poor, the midday flower blooms only slightly. Since the sun is their lifeblood, so to speak, unfortunately nothing can be changed about this fact. From a shady location, however, is in any case advised against. Occasionally, the midday flower is attacked by aphids. Nevertheless, the chemical leg must not be used immediately: Old home remedies such as a homemade nettle slush or a dishwashing solution are often enough.
In rare cases the midday gold is infested with powdery mildew. A proven home remedy also helps against this fungal disease: mix water with whole milk in a ratio of one to eight. Spray this liquid generously and, if necessary, several times on the affected plant.

Hibernate or not?

The name midday flower refers to many different genera that can be both annuals and perennials. Some species tolerate even severe frost, others again little or no minus temperatures. It is therefore advisable to ask for the exact description (Latin name) before you start buying seeds.
Some examples of hardy varieties:
  • Delosperma "Eye Candy" (only needs a rain cover in winter)
  • Delosperma floribundum (needs good winter protection, rather sensitive)
  • Delosperma "Golden Nugget" (relatively resistant)
  • Delosperma "Morning Face" (also rather robust)
  • Delosperma cooperi
Annual Morning Flowers:
  • Dorotheanthus bellidiformis
  • Gazania rigens habit
  • Lampranthus spectabilis "Sun"
  • Lampranthus spectabilis "Fiesta"
  • Glottiphyllum ryderae
While the perennial species can be multiplied by cuttings, only a renewed sowing of the annual varieties is possible next year.

useful information

  • Height up to 15cm
  • Planting distance 15cm
  • Blossom in the summer
  • Light, well-drained soil
  • Sunny location
  • Annual
The midday flowers native to South Africa stand out for their bright pink, lavender blue, red, orange and yellow flowers. With their narrow petals, the flowers, which always open in lavish abundance in dry, sunny locations, are reminiscent of daisies. The foliage of the midday flowers is thickened and shows a shiny green surface. Since the plants are only about 15cm high, grow creeping and form dense cushions, they are well suited for rockeries and BeetrÀnder. They also come into their own in window boxes and planters in the yard and on the terrace.
In trade, two varieties are usually offered, probably derived from the species Mesembryanthemum criniflorum.
Lunette, a yellow-flowering variety with a rust-red center, embellishes beds and borders in summer.
Magic Carpet includes shapes with red, orange, pink, lavender blue or yellow flowers.

Culture

Seed the seeds in early spring under glass, the germination temperature should be about 15 degrees Celsius. The young plants are isolated and planted in the garden after being hardened by ventilating the cold frame in late spring. Optimally, a full sun location with a light floor is suitable. It is easier to sow in the garden directly in the spring. If the seedlings are big enough, they are thinned to 15cm.

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