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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Save The Osteospermum

Encouraged by Lona and Melanie, I'm going to try and overwinter the osteospermum.

I pulled the container out of the collection on the patio to see how large it really is.
I think it's looking good.


It keeps blooming.  Happy that it is no longer hot.


I will leave it on the patio until we get another freeze because it is loving it outside right now, but it will come in before I risk losing it to a freeze.  

Any advice on overwintering it would be appreciated.  I'm thinking it will get cut back at some point.



12 comments:

  1. I save mine by taking cuttings. I put the cuttings in the greenhouse but any above freezing area will work. Come April I plant the cuttings in the garden and wowser they grow really big! I actually hope the plants will come back but if not the cuttings ensure they continue. You could put your pot in the garage if it stays above freezing. Take some cuttings too to spread them around. Good luck!

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  2. Good luck with that plant. It's a beauty....and even better if you can overwinter it for spring next year.

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  3. I keep bringing my things in and out and now have decided to just keep them inside. I have a storeroom area with a window that stays cooler and I keep things there so the furnace won't dry them out.

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  4. I'd not thought of bringing them in to live to see another summer, I am interested to hear how you treat it and how it does. I'm not sure where I would put them, do over wintered plants need much light because with our rain and clouds anything indoors doesn't get a lot of light.

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    1. Low light does in many over wintered plants here. It is hard to keep the happy with short days and the more angled sunlight.

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  5. What a beautiful plant! I found this site and thought it might be of some help to you, http://www.osteospermum.com/plantcare.htm

    Frost tonight in our area of NC they say. We'll see.
    LindaLee from Cross’N My Stitches

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  6. The best thing to do is let it go dormant. Place the plant in a dim, cool spot. Do not water. The leaves will drop off. Bring back into a bright warm room in March and start watering it again. Osteospermums are perennials so they will come back.

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    1. Thank you. I brought it inside today and am enjoying the blooms. I'll let it go to sleep soon.

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