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not sure what this plant is called but it's been beautiful through the this a plant I can divide to make more when it has all died off ? thanks.




Osteospermum, great plant from S. Africa.

9 Aug, 2011


Some osteospermums are hardy-ish, others are tender. The fancier the colour &/ or petal shape the less hardy it is in my experience.

You could always take some cuttings and keep them indoors as insurance. Osteospemum roots really easily from cuttings.

9 Aug, 2011


thanks Beattie..could I take a cutting now? I'v never took a cutting from anything before : \ Help I need guidance :) lol

9 Aug, 2011


This would be a good time to take a cutting or two. There are different ways of getting them to root.

Pull off a few shoots about 3" - 6" long, without flowers or buds if you can find them. If they have flowers/ buds nip them off. Ideally you want the shoots with a "heel" at the bottom - a little bit of the bark from the branch that supported the shoot you're pulling off. Try pulling the shoot off with a downward tug to get the heel, but don't worry if you don't get one.

Strip the leaves off the lower half of each shoot.

Method 1 - put the shoots into a glass or jam jar of water so that the water comes about half way up the shoots. If they're a bit short you may need to use the remaining leaves to balance the shoot on the rim of the glass.

Put on a non-sunny windowsill.

You should find that roots appear fairly quickly. Keep the water topped up to about the same level as it will evaporate and be used up by the shoots.

When the shoots have a good root system you can pot them up into damp compost and look after them carefully til established and the plants are growing well.

The disadvantage of this method - I have heard that the shoots produce a different kind of root growing in water, so when you put them into a pot of compost they have to change the sort of root they have.

Method 2 - prepare the shoots as before but fill a pot with damp compost and push the shoots in round the edges of the pot. Many plants root more easily if you put a clear plastic bag over the shoots and secure it with an elastic band round the pot, just below the rim. Try not to let the leaves touch the plastic.

Put on a non-sunny windowsill.

When they have rooted you can pot them up separately.

Osteospermums root so easily you may well find that a few bits pulled off and popped into the ground out of the sun and kept damp may take just as well. When they've rooted move them into the sun for them to flower well.

9 Aug, 2011


great info Beattie ... One day I hope to have your knowledge :) Thankyou once again.

10 Aug, 2011


:-) You're welcome

10 Aug, 2011

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