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Cape basket - The blooming “weather frog” in the garden!

Cape basket - The blooming “weather frog” in the garden!

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How to find the right location for the cap basket. Also tips for wintering and fertilizing. Read it now.
The cap basket, which is very similar to the daisies, is now available in garden shops in many bright flower colors - from pupil red, pink to violet, but also in white and yellow.

The easy-care, though not frost-resistant plant develops its colorful flowers from early June to October. Although it develops well in the vicinity of lupins and delphiniums, it can also be used as a solitary plant in the herbaceous border.

tip: Always plant Cape baskets outdoors after the ice saints - from mid-May.

By the way: Cape baskets always close their flowers when rain is forecasting. Which is why they can be used excellently for weather forecasts!

The right location for the cap basket

The cap basket, which in principle also blooms for several years, should be planted in a location that is as sunny and protected from the wind as possible. Because the plant, which actually comes from Africa, always needs a high amount of heat and as little wind as possible, especially during the flowering phase.

tip: Cape baskets are also ideal for planting balconies and patios (as container plants) and for cemetery beds.

Fertilize and overwinter the cap basket

Cape baskets must be watered regularly - ideally in the morning and / or in the evening. When watering, however, waterlogging should be avoided. Liquid fertilizers are given as needed, especially for potted plants, usually about once a month. Outdoor plants, on the other hand, hardly ever need additional fertilizer.

tip: Transplant outdoor cap baskets into tubs in October and spend the winter frost-free.

Furthermore, the cap basket should be cut back immediately after the first flowering so that it can produce a subsequent flowering. At the same time, this pruning promotes the bush formation of the approximately 15 to 50 cm tall plants.

tip: If the plants are attacked by aphids every now and then, it must be dealt with as quickly as possible. z. B. by chemical spraying or try it once with these 2 home remedies for aphids ...

Cultivation of the Cape baskets

Cape baskets can also be grown in spring (around March). Two methods are common here:

  1. Propagation by cuttings, which are planted in soil from March and cultivated in pots for about 8 weeks. It should be noted here that the strongest possible shoots on the existing plants are cut, the leaves of which are plucked from below. Cut the cuttings approx. 6 cm long and pot in half!
  2. By sowing seeds (also from March), which can be purchased in specialist shops. Seeds then germinate in the pots in about 2 weeks and then have to be separated again.