Real World Gardener NEW Everlasting Daisies

March 16th, 2017

PLANT OF THE WEEK

NEW Everlasting Daisies.

Bracteantha bracteata

Have you ever been to see the wildflowers in Western Australia?
It’s on my bucket list.
In the wild, these fast-growing annuals perform brilliantly under extreme conditions. They germinate with the first rains in winter and by late August are in full flower, adding bright colour to the otherwise harsh landscape of outback Australia.
But it’s one particular wildflower that we’re focussing on toda

Let’s find out about this plant.
I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner. www.thegreengallery.com.au

 

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Everlasting Daisies at Wittunga Botanic Garden, Adelaide. photo M Cannon

Everlasting Daisies at Wittunga Botanic Garden, Adelaide. photo M Cannon

Here’s a tip to keep those everlastings for longer in the vase.

The trick is to pick the flowers when they are young and just opening.  

Then hang upside down in a cool, dark room.

Once dried, the stems can be trimmed and they can be placed in vases or you can replace the stems with florists wire.

If you pick the flowers when they are fully open the petals will fold back towards the stem and the flowers will fall apart.

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