Take advantage of the potential of the yellow daisy (Euryops pectinatus)

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Do you want to enjoy your garden also during the winter? The gray Margarito or yellow daisy (Euryops pectinatus) is a plant used in gardening for its prolonged flowering. You can take advantage of their flirty flowers to add a touch of color to those usually sad months. This is my proposal today, do not miss it.

Although its favorite time is the spring, so it is now seen, at the end of autumn, the Euryops. With winter “around the corner” continues to offer a lavish bloom, do not you think? This fabulous plant will give you flowers practically throughout the year, except for the summer.

The yellow daisy (Euryops pectinatus) is a shrubby plant, with a rounded shape and perennial leaves that reach up to one and a half meters in height. It belongs to the family of asteráceas, as well as sunflower and other species of composite flowers.

As a curiosity … the Euryops daisy is not really a flower but many. What seems the central button of the same one is formed by countless floral chapters and their yellow petals -between eleven and fifteen- are bracts (modified leaves).
The leaves, to top it off, are also the least peculiar. They have extremely marked lobes, which give a similar appearance to the ribs. With time, in addition, its intense green in the new buds goes pale, acquiring a more grayish tone. Therefore it is also known as gray Margarito.

Uses of Euryops

The Euryops worships the sun, therefore you must reserve a well-lit location. Never place it inside your home. It does not matter if you put it in the garden or in a pot-you’ll feel comfortable, too-but always keep this in mind: the more light you get, the more it will bloom.

Her generosity in terms of flowers makes her a candidate to occupy the leading positions in your garden. With these daisies, you can decorate accesses or frame pass zones. You decide where! It is a plant that will not fail you.

Care

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The yellow daisy (Euryops pectinatus) is a shrub accustomed to the Mediterranean climate, not in vain comes from a part of South Africa with very similar conditions. It is perfect therefore for temperate gardens. Hold the frosts as long as they are not excessive (until -5ºC).

Exposition

This plant is ideal for neophytes, it is very easy to grow. If possible, look for a sunny place, yes. You will have less risk of having oídio – one of its few weaknesses – and its flowering will be even more generous.

Irrigation

Irrigation is not usually a problem with the Euryops. It endures drought, although it prefers constant hydration to maintain its flowering. If you have it in a pot, during the spring and fall once a week will be enough. Double your watering in summer. Come winter, this may no longer be necessary.

Substratum

Anyway, the contribution of water among many other things should be related to the type of substrate. The yellow daisy likes to be light, to facilitate drainage. If you want to play safe, a mixture of a universal substrate with some sand or pearlite will be the most appropriate. Does not support waterlogging. So act accordingly.

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The Euryops is not capricious in terms of nutrients, but to shoot the flowering, in addition to light and water will be great some fertilizer. Choose a special one for flower plants. Regardless of its presentation, it must always be low in nitrogen.

If we continue talking about pots, the liquid fertilizer will be the best option (you will find it on Amazon thanks to this link). Add it to the irrigation water approximately every three weeks. For those planted in the garden, it is better to use granulated slow release fertilizer (in this case every three months).

Pruning

The bushes of Euryops eventually age and remain bare at their base. To rejuvenate them, trim them drastically (maybe two thirds). Do not be afraid, they will sprout again without problems.

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