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Why have my Gazania flowers closed?

A few days ago I bought 2 Gazania (Treasure Flower) plants with stunning orange and red flowers. By the time I got them home the flowers had all closed up and have not opened again since.
All I did was re-pot them into slightly larger containers and left them out on the balcony. But actually the flowers had started closing even before I did this.
What has gone wrong?


This is surely down to lack of sun. Many daisy flowers (including lawn daisies) close up in cloudy weather, opening again when the sun shines.

Put your plants in the sunniest spot and you should have no problems - but they will continue to close up every time the sun disappears.

Answered by Andrew Mikolajski from United Kingdom, Long Buckby in June 2011.

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You did nothing wrong - this is common on gazanias as they need full sun to open properly; are the plants in a sunny site?

Also some varieties are worse than others, and recent plant breeding has produced varieties better suited to the UK climate. My favourite is the Daybreak series.

Answered by Geoff Hodge from United Kingdom, Peterborough in June 2011.

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