Brachycome iberidifolia is a perennial plant native to Australia, New Zealand and Africa, generally cultivated as an annual. It has thin stems, bright green in color, densely branched, which carry numerous thin, finely divided leaflets; usually the small bushes of Brascicome reach 25-30 cm in height, and sometimes the stems tend to become slightly hanging.
From May to the end of summer these shrubs produce numerous star-like little flowers, similar to small daisies, purple, purple, white, blue, light blue or light yellow, with a very dark, almost black or golden yellow color ; the small flowers have a diameter of 1.5-2 cm. To prolong the flowering and make it more abundant it is good to remove the withered flowers. At the end of summer they can produce small elongated fruits, containing numerous seeds. The brachycome they are widely used in rock gardens, but also in containers.
To obtain the best possible flowering it is advisable to place the Brachycome iberidifolia in a sunny place, or in the partial shade, so that this variety can receive a few hours a day of direct radiation.
These plants fear the cold very much, so if you want to keep them from one year to the next, they need to be kept in a tempered greenhouse or at home; in places with mild winters they are perennial plants, but it is good to mulch the base of the plant in autumn, to protect it from the winter cold.
To allow the best growth possible, water the brascicome regularly, letting the soil dry between one watering and another to prevent harmful water stagnation.
Water shortages during the summer months hinder flowering, therefore it is good to water almost daily in July-August, when high temperatures make the soil dry quickly. From March to October provide de compost for flowering plants mixed with the water of the watering, every 10-15 days.
Place the brascicome in a rich, well-drained and not too dry soil. Before planting Brachycome iberidifolia plants, it is good to work the soil thoroughly, adding organic fertilizer and pumice stone with a fairly fine grain, so as to have a substrate that is soft, light and with the correct degree of drainage.
The multiplication of the specimens belonging to this variety usually occurs by seed; it can be sown in February in seedbeds, or in April-May, directly in the dwelling; the seeds should be covered little to encourage germination. It is important that the new shoots remain in the shelter until the temperatures are fairly mild and there is no longer the risk of late frosts that would irreparably compromise their growth.
Brascicome - Brachycome iberidifolia: Pests and diseases
in general these plants are not subject to attack by pests or diseases, but for a greater degree of safety, it is good to intervene with a broad-spectrum pesticide product at the end of winter, before the vegetative restart, if they are cultivated these plants as perennials.