Another first from MayFord Seeds

If it’s a glorious display of winter and spring flowers that you are after, then look no further than our very own African Daisies! Always a step ahead, MayFord Seeds have a few blooming good treats for gardeners this autumn. Find growing tips below.

Topping the list is the release of another South African first from MayFord – ‘Pastel Shades’. As its name suggests Dimorphotheca ‘Pastel Shades’ is a unique blend of subtle salmons, delicate yellows and soft cream coloured blooms.

MayFord have also added another colour blend to their range. In the past gardeners could either get an orange and yellow blend or pure white seed. The shelves will now also be stocked with a blend of all three that will contain a minimum of 20% white flowering seed.

With all this choice you can be sure to find a colour combination that will make your late winter and spring flower display really pop.

MayFord African Daisy seed are available from all good garden centres and selected chain stores.

To check out MayFord’s complete range of products visit their website www.mayford.co.za

Top Tips

• African Daisies are free-flowering and easy to grow in any well drained garden soil.
• For them to bloom at their best they do require plenty of direct sunlight.
• Its best to sow the seed in autumn where you what them to grow and flower.
• Prepare their new home by digging over the soil, breaking up any clumps. If the soil is very heavy, add in some compost to aid drainage.
• Once prepared, water the bed 30 or so minutes before sowing. This will help light seeds to stick to the soil.
• Scatter the seeds evenly across the bed, lightly rake and then gently press down the soil.
• Finish off with a light sprinkling of water to let the seeds settle in.
• Once sown, keep the soil slightly damp until the seedlings are established and then only water once the top centimetre of soil has dried out.
• They are a water-wise annual that quickly form a groundcover of low growing foliage that are ideal for edging along a border, as a filler among low-growing shrubs or as an eye-popping, mass display.
• It is not necessary to fertilise.
• Deadheading any spent flowers will prolong the blooming period.
• The abundant flowers attract bees and butterflies bees to the garden, providing them with a food resource at a time when pollen and nectar is hard to come by.

Did You Know?

The name Dimorphotheca originates from the Greek word “Dimorphisis” which means “in two forms”. The plant produces two completely different seeds; one flat and oval, the other round and “worm-like”. Both variants are viable and will grow and flower for you. Your MayFord seed packet could contain either form or a mix of both.