Annual of the Week-Osteospermum

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I first fell in love with the Osteospermum flower when my husband was working at the garden center.  Their porcelain looking petals are just breathtaking; they seem to have an iridescent glow that mesmerizes you into utter awe. I just can’t wait until every spring and I can go into the greenhouse and start oohing and awing, dreaming of what arrangement I would like planted in my flowerbeds.

Osteospermum flowers now come in all shades and colors, yes they even have different types of petals. They are considered a hardy annual, and sometimes you will find it listed as a half-hardy perennial, meaning that they will tolerate a frost but not too heavy of one or continual nights of freezing temperatures.

When planting this amazing flower, it should be planted in full sun and in multiple groupings for pure visual beauty. They can also be planted in containers for accents throughout the yard. However you should be diligent in maintaining a watering schedule for these beauties. Fertilize these plants on a weekly basis, with a balanced fertilizer, to maintain their growth and blooms.

When the flowers fade, deadheading or the removal of the spent flowers is recommended to encourage continual blooming on the plant. This will allow for constant enjoyment of the Osteospermum plant in your yard.

Photos courtesy of osteospermum.com