The Livingstone Daisy, or Mesembryanthemum crinifolium to give it a posh Latin name, is a bright multi coloured annual that has leaves like a succulent. Sometimes the vibrant colours are just too much of a good thing and I was please to find seeds were available in single Orange and Apricot colours. May be other ranges will soon follow.
These â€˜Apricot Shimmerâ€™ seeds were sown in late March in individual modules and planted out at the end of May. The seed was last years so I wasnâ€™t sure about germination rates but with so many seeds in one packet (2000+) there is no need for concern and each module has several seeds.
Mesembryanthemums can be tiresome to prick out so I donâ€™t bother, just nip out weak plants to get one per module. This makes them easy to plant out too. In summers gone-by my wife has spent hours individually separating and planting Mesembryanthemums. Inside a week the plants are a host of flowers and they look very good in a block of one colour.
Now I have to find a colour that will contrast with them as they are quite in-your-face.
Gardeners Tips –
- Your time is more valuable than the price of a packet of seeds.
- You donâ€™t need 100% success rate from seeds your garden probably isnâ€™t big enough.
- A good big one beats several small ones.