Ismelia carinata. Painted Daisies add a colourful splash to nearly any garden setting. They are nice in patio containers. Being native to North Africa, thrive in full sun. The petals range from bright white to deep crimson and are always banded by concentric circles of alternate colours as a beacon to passing pollinators. The plants grow about 45cm tall.
Easy to grow, use rich, well-drained, evenly moist soil and full sun. Pinch back the young plants to keep the painted daisy bushy. Deadheading promotes more blossoms.
Seeds can be sown in late fall September-October, started in seed trays from mid-February to mid-April, or direct sown in early June.
Sow seeds on the surface of a sterilized starting soil. Provide bright light and use bottom heat to keep soil at 18-21°C. Seeds will germinate in 10-14 days. Space transplants at 25-45cm apart.
Young seedlings are prone to Japanese beetles. Some plants that deter Japanese Beetles are;
- GarlicWhite Chrysanthemum.
- White Geraniums.