DISMORFOTECA

DISMORFOTECA

Dismorfotecas belongs to the Dimorphotheca genus of the large Asteraceae (Composite) family as do daisies, sunflowers, etc.. They are native to South Africa and are cultivated as annuals even though, when protected from the winter cold, they can vegetate all year long. They are shrubby, herbaceous plants and their branches tend to lengthen with a carpeting effect. Their leaves are fleshy and coriaceous. Their branches bear stems that in turn bear flowers (heads) that can be pink, white, yellow, red, violet, or variegated. The blooming period is very long, from March to late October. Dismorfotecas must be placed in full sun. In fact, their flowers do not open if they are not well illuminated. These plants must not be placed in windy sites because this limits their growth. They may be cultivated in the ground or in vases and, in both cases, one must assure good drainage to avoid waterlogging. A common organic compost mixed with 30-40% sand or perlite and enriched with a slow-release fertilizer can be used to prepare the vases. Dismorfotecas have a good resistance to wilting but, to obtain beautiful flowers and a full development of the plants, they must be watered frequently in order to avoid stress due to dehydration. As far as diseases are concerned, they are prone to attack by aphids, white butterflies, and mites. They are particularly sensitive to the fungal disease called powdery mildew (Oidium). To cure these diseases, we suggest the use of specific products easily found in garden centers. The plants must be fed once every 15-20 days by dissolving a complex 20-20-20 water-soluble fertilizer in the watering can.

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