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By Gattina

Bologna, Italy It

Marguerita - I'm not sure what you'd call this in English - probably marguerite! I have been taking lots of cuttings which seem to be doing quite well, since I am told that the parent plant will not survive the winter. Can anybody tell me whether one is supposed to feed these plants at all, or are they the sort of thing that thrives on sun, neglect and a poor soil, a bit like lavenders?




Good luck with your cuttings Gattina. This is not the time to feed anything as you don't want to encourage new vulnerable growth just before the weather turns cold, but do feed with a long lasting fertilizer in spring. Some people use blood, fish and bone, I throw slow release fertilizer pellets all round the garden in about April, mix it into compost for containers to be planted, poke holes in the compost of containers that are keeping their plants and dribble granules in. I find it works well.

24 Sep, 2011


The latin name is 'Argyranthemum' - but some people do call them Marguerites. I managed to keep one large plant over the winter in an unheated greenhouse, but it wasn't really worth it, because it went really woody, so cuttings are the way forward.

24 Sep, 2011


Thankyou, Spritz and Beattie. I wouldn't expect to feed them now, just trying to build up a little knowledge for following seasons. Maybe I should start keeping notes - the geriatric memory gets worse by the day.
I had a feeling there might be a "..anthemum" somewhere in the name. They make a wonderful display in early summer if you mass them in pots and tubs, and if you have the time to deadhead them EVERY day they keep going right through until October/November if the weather is kind. I'm off to do even more cuttings, I think, and won't even bother with overwintering the parent plants. Growing from seed hasn't really worked so far, and isn't worth the candle.

25 Sep, 2011

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