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This is the familiar Livingstone Daisy or, as it seems to be generally known, just "Mesembryanthemum". A cultivated strain of this splendid annual plant with spreading habit, it gives plants covered with flowers in a wide range of brilliant shades of gold, salmon, pink, purple and carmine red. Mesembryanthemum (means “midday flowering") is a ground-hugging, sun loving, spreading plants, perfect for rockeries, they can also be used between flagstones and in dry walls.
Perfect for dry sunny locations where they will produce flowers in abundance and an ideal plant for hosepipe bans!
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Mesembryanthemum is a member of the family Aizoaceae; many members of this family including the present genus are characterized by long lasting flower heads. The flowers protect their gametes from night-time dews or frosts but open in sunlight. There is obviously an evolutionary advantage of doing this; where dew, frost, wind or predators are likely to damage exposed reproductive organs, closing may be advantageous during times when flowers are unlikely to attract pollinators.
Sowing; Sow in late winter (Sept/Oct) or early Spring (Feb/April) indoors, or direct sow once all risk of frost has passed (usually May)
Sowing; Sow into individual pots or trays of seed compost. Use well drained soil and cover lightly. Keep moist and warm 15 to 20°C (60 to 68°F). Germination will take place 7 to 21 days
Prick out to individual pots, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays.
Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out in growing position after the last expected frosts. (Usually early to mid May) Space 30 to 38cm (12 to 15in) apart.
Sowing Direct; Choose a position with a well-drained soil that is moist to on the dry side; they will tolerate drought. Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth. If sowing more than one annual in the same bed, mark the sowing areas with a ring of sand and label. Add a complete fertiliser.
Sow 5mm (¼in) deep in rows 7cm (3in) apart. Sow sparingly or they will choke out other seedlings. Keep soil moist during germination.
The seedlings will appear in rows approx 3 to 4 weeks after planting and can be easily told from nearby weed seedlings. Thin the seedlings out as necessary so they are finally 25 to 30cm (10 to 12in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants.
Propagation; Easily propagated by breaking off short pieces and simply sticking them into the ground; new roots will form within just a few weeks. Foliage turns bronze in winter.