Real World Gardener Dutchmans Britches or Diascia is Plant of the Week

July 24th, 2015

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

with Jeremy Critchley  owner of www.thegreengallery.com.au and Karen Smith, editor www.hortjournal.com.au

Ever heard of a Twinspur? Yes it’s a plant with heart shaped leaves and flowers not unlike a Snapdragon because Snapdragons are its cousin.

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Native of South Africa, these plants are perennial in warm and temperate climates and possibly even survive longer than annuals in cooler climates.

Newer varieties have names like Apple Blossom, Little Charmer, Apricot and Snow.

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Diascias have been around for many years and in the past have been known as Dutchman's Britches!
Why Dutchman's Britches? Because the lower part of the flowers looks like those blowsy pants that Dutchmen used to wear in the 19th century.
diascia-single%2Bflwr.pngWhether you want to call them Twinspurs or Dutchman's Britches, these plants are fast growing garden plants in most well-draining garden soils where the beds have been well prepared with some compost incorporated in the bed before planting.

Use an organic fertiliser like Blood and Bone pelleted manures.

Also fortnightly applications of a weak solution of a balanced liquid fertilizer will help them along.

When flowering seems to be fading the plants can be pruned to rejuvenate them and get a second flush of flowers.

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