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Why is the Osteospermum - Spider Purple (African Daisy) blooming dull and paler flowers? Does this need Full Sun and daily water?

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They need a sunny position and a weekly feed and keep well watered What I would suggest is that looks a very small pot to me if so? they will struggle.. I grow these in my borders or in big pots on the patio.

2 May, 2011


Yes, definitely needs a bigger pot, and more sun, maybe some food, too. If you are in the low desert (Sunset zone 13) like me, they may also be suffering heat damage already.

3 May, 2011


Thanks for the reply.

Yes, it remains in the nursery bought container ... and I guess, it is also root bound.
Definitely will be shifting it to a bigger pot :)

Any idea, what kind of fertilizer I should be adding to the soil?
My zone is 9 (California)

3 May, 2011


Since you are in the SF Bay area, heat shouldn't be a problem, then. For food, I have had the best luck with a balanced, high nitrate food, such as Grow More All Seasons, or Green Light 20-20-20.

3 May, 2011


Over here I would feed weekly with with a general fertilizer such as phostrogen to will help promote flowering.

3 May, 2011


Thanks Tugbrethil & Drc726 for the info.

3 May, 2011

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