ACROLINIUM (Sunray) Compositae Helipterum roseum
HABITAT: Native to South Africa and Australia.
USES: Dried flower arrangements, cuts.
HABIT: Annual, 2-3 inch, disk-like flowers in yellow, white, and pink on 1 1/2-2 foot stems surrounded by oval, pointed leaves. Flowering July-August.
SEED GERMINATION: As plants are difficult to transplant, sow outdoors after all danger of frost has passed or sow direct to peat pots or pellets maintaining a soil temperature of 70-75 degrees until germination occurs, usually within 2-3 weeks. Shift plants to garden when roots emerge from pot walls. Flowers bloom six weeks after germination.
CULTURE: Set plants in full sun and average to dry soil with excellent drainage, 9-12 inches apart. Provide moderate moisture and fertilizer and keep well cultivated.
INSECTS: Beetle, Leafhopper, Scale: Use an approved insecticide such as Malathion or Diazinon for control.
DISEASES: Aster Yellow, Curlytop: Control leafhoppers. Destroy infected plants and keep well cultivated. Ringspot: Keep well cultivated and control insects.
Root Knot: Keep watered, fertilized, and well cultivated. Destroy infected plants. Stem Rot: Destroy infected plants. Drench soil with Captan, Ferban, or Terrachlor for control.
REMARKS: To dry, cut before fully open and hang with blossoms down in a dry, shady area.