Osteospernum cuttings

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  1. Sendme_sun

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    Hello,
    I have two non hardy osteospernum plants that flowered prolifically this year and still have some flowers.

    Possibly a bit late in the year but nothing ventured nothing gained - I have taken 14 cuttings from each. I have potted up indoors in a propogator and put in a cool room.

    The choices for growing these cuttings are (1) north facing unheated room (2) South facing heated room (3) Plastic greenhouse.

    It's starting to get cooler now (I'm in Scotland) I'd be interested to know opinions on the best way to overwinter these as I'm loathe to just buy more next year.
    Thanks in advance.

    Ps I also have a Hardy osteospermum that will stay in the garden but it's more of the sprawling type
     
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      Hello SMS :) I'd say the unheated room would be the safest bet, as long as they're in the lightest position possible. A windowsill should do, as long as they're moved away from it on frosty nights.
       
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        If they get a bit leggy by spring it would be good to give them a bit of a cut back in spring once the light levels get better.
        Go easy on the watering through winter. :smile:
         
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          Thank you both. These are my first cuttings. Fingers crossed for some roots :fingers crossed: :)
           
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            You should be OK....they start producing adventitious roots on the stems all on their own :)
             
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              Sounds like someone else grew up in a house where the condensation froze on the inside of the windows overnight, in winter.;)
               
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                Windows??? You don't get windows in a cardboard box ;):roflol: We used to dream of double-layer cardboard...:old::biggrin:
                 
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                  I can see where this is heading.:roflol:

                  So I will stop now, before it gets out of control.:biggrin:
                   
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                    @Sendme_sun I took cuttings of mine a months ago. First time trying this but I should have asked your question before I started! Mine seem to have rooted and now some of the darned things are flowering. I'm sure that can't be good. :(
                     
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                      Thats OK Lori. have you got them under your lights?
                       
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                        Yes, they are under LED lighting and in a 68f environment with air flowing. They have company. Potato vine cuttings that rooted and are threatening to take over, a chilli cross breed that hadn't flowered yet and I refuse to give up, a persian silk tree, a bush basil and something else which I cannot remember at this moment... oh, yes, some oregano.


                        The other indoor LED lit area has a couple of CBD cannabis plants.

                        I only did the osteospermum cuttings because I really like them and all the you tube videos did not help me collect seeds. If it really can be done!
                         
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                          Noisette we had our first frost last night so I did indeed move them from the single glazed window.

                          Lori, that amusing they are flowering. That's why I love them! It's nice to have something growing over the winter ❄️
                           
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                            Hello SMS :) We had our first frost too! My Osteospermums were recently split and re-planted in a permanent, sheltered spot near a wall. They flower on and off all year. The white, pink and purple ones seem more resistant to cold than yellows and oranges. Perhaps they've been bred from ecklonis and jucundum, the two hardier species?
                             
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                            Hello Noisette,
                            The parent plants that I took the cutting from do seem to be healthier than the hardy ecklonis at the moment. Unfortunately the label doesn't say a type just that they are hardy down to minus 5 which probably means in Scotland they won't survive. You never know though. It will be a good experiment though - cuttings vs plants . Hopefully covered my bases. Thanks for your advice again.
                             
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