How to grow and care for Nemesias

Written by Iris

Jul 16 2021

How to grow and care for Nemesias
Nemesias, native to South Africa, are colorful annuals and short-lived perennials that produce fragrant and colorful flowers from late spring to fall. The flowers of Nemesias have a variety of colors, including purple, blue,orange, red, pink and white, often with contrasting centers, and some can even produce bi-coloured flowers. Nemesias can be dense and compact, and therefore suitable for growing in gardens, POTS, and tails, making them particularly suitable for hanging baskets.

Where to grow Nemesias

There is a wide range of areas where nemesias can be planted, as long as the soil is well drained, on terrace basins, window frames, hanging baskets and elevated beds, as well as on the ground. They make great partners with other summer-flowering garden plants, or can be grown alone or in small groups. With Nemesias, you have a myriad of options.

How to grow Nemesia

How to grow Nemesia in a garden

  • Choose a sunny spot in the garden for partial shade and prepare the planting area by digging up Yates Dynamic Lifter soil conditioner and plant fertilizer.
  • Fill a fermenter or tray with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow, cover, fix and water. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don't dry out. Alternatively, you can plant the seeds directly where they will grow.
  • Water gently and keep moist throughout the germinating period.
  • When the seedlings are about 5 cm tall, they can be transplanted.
  • When transplanting them on your prepared garden bed, make sure the seedlings are well spaced - at least 15-20cm apart. There is water in the well.
  • Cover with an organic mulch, such as pieces of bark, sugar cane, or pea stalks.
  • Feed Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers liquid plant foods every 1 to 2 weeks.

How do I grow Nemesia in a pot

  • Choose a pot that is at least 200mm wide and deep. Place in full sun and partial shade.
  • Fill the pot of your choice with a quality potting mixture, such as Yates Potting Mixture with Dynamic Lift.
  • Gently press the seeds into the surface of the pot and plant them directly into the pot.
  • Water gently and keep moist throughout the germinating period.
  • Feed Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers liquid plant foods every 1 to 2 weeks.

How to care for Nemesias

This is a plant that can grow anywhere in the country, especially because it can be grown in containers, just as it would be grown outdoors. If you want to grow this plant outdoors, it's best to plant it in zones 9 through 11. This is a plant that does not require much effort, but certain conditions must be met for the flower to thrive. When these conditions are met, flowers can grow anywhere from one to three feet tall.

Light Requirements

This is a plant that likes a lot of sunlight. In fact, a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day is preferred. Need sunlight to promote flowering; However, if you live in a tropical region, the afternoon sun can be too hot. If the leaves are kept in too much heat, this can cause the leaves to be scorched and damaged.

Soil Requirements 

This is a plant that prefers to grow in slightly acidic soils. The soil should also be very moist. In fact, the lack of moisture in the soil can prevent plants from flowering. Note that too much water can also be dangerous to plants, so be sure to choose a soil mix that is conducive to drainage. Soil with a little sand in it is actually very good for the plant.

Water Requirements

Nemesia is a flower that needs to be watered regularly. It really likes to grow in moist soil, so if you live in a windy, dry place, it probably won't grow very well in your garden. In fact, this is a plant that prefers a little humidity.

Temperature and Humidity Requirements

Nemesia will grow best in cooler temperatures. In areas that have more mild summer temperatures, they can be expected to bloom from late spring until the first frost of the year, while in hotter climates they will look their best in early spring or fall. Be prepared for your nemesias to die back in the heat of summer. These plants can be grown as winter annuals in frost-free regions.

Fertilizer Requirements 

This plant is grown without fertilizer; However, it will help to apply it once each growing season. Slow-release fertilizers will be the best choice for mature plants, while water-soluble fertilizers will be the best choice for plants that are still growing.

Pruning Requirements 

It is very important to trim dead flowers and stems if you want the plant to bloom in large numbers. All you need to do is pinch the tip of the plant before it blossoms to help promote denser growth and a fuller bloom. If the plant is a little tilted or sagging on one side, you can easily bring it back by cutting the plant. As you are still only pruning the plants, make sure not to cut them by more than half.