EURYOPS

EURYOPS

These plants belong to the Euryops genus and, although native to South Africa, are well adapted to Italian climates, in which they are cultivated as annuals. They are shrubby plants that, depending on the species, can be creeping (trailing) or erect. They are ideal for creating borders and flower boxes. Thanks to their large dimensions, they are also particularly suitable for rock gardens situated in mild climates or near the sea. The plants produce yellow, daisy-like flowers all summer long. Some species, such as Euryops virgineus, are tolerant to the winter cold and can continue to develop for several consecutive years. The plants need full sun or part-shade and well-drained, moist soil. They grow well both in the ground and in vases. In the latter case, it is advisable to use big vases or flower boxes due to the considerable development of the aerial part of the plants. When preparing the compost, it is advisable to apply a slow-release, ternary fertilizer that facilitates the initial development of the plant. Euryops do not wither easily. Nevertheless, in order to obtain long and heavy blooming, they must be watered frequently to avoid stress due to dehydration, being careful, however, to avoid waterlogging. As far as diseases are concerned, they are a very hardy and resistant species; they are, however, prone to attack by aphids, white butterflies, mites, a fungal disease known as powdery mildew (Oidium), and by rust. To cure these diseases, we suggest the use of specific products easily found in garden centers. The plants must be fed every 20-30 days, dissolving a complex water-soluble fertilizer (e.g. 20-20-20) in the watering can.

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