Paris daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

This bushy semi-shrub is a member of the aster family (Asteraceae) and native to the Canary Islands.

The daisy-like flowers are in fact inflorescences with yellow tubular centre florets surrounded by white, pink or yellow ray florets, depending on the variety. Outdoors they flower continuously throughout the summer while in a conservatory they flower even longer. In order to ensure this prolific flowering, they require a lot of sun, water and food. During periods of hot weather, they must often be watered twice a day. In the growing period they must be given weekly application of a complete fertilizer.

They need to be placed in a sheltered position where they are protected from the wind. Dead flowers should be removed regularly. Larger specimens are cut back in spring and if there is limited space for over-wintering, this can be done earlier, in the autumn. Depending on the brightness, the plants should over-winter in a well-ventilated room to prevent grey mould at a temperature of 5-15° C (41-59° F). The easiest way to propagate is from tip cuttings in spring. Watch out for greenfly and blackfly.

24. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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