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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 27, 2012 1:39 PM CST
I'm editing this post to help it make sense after being split off from the "Welcome to" thread. Some of the responses to my original question got left out, but I found some other information on propagating Osteospermum that I'll post here.

This was my original question:
Does anyone know the best time to take cuttings off osteospermum? I have one blooming indoors on my back porch and I keep meaning to try to root some cuttings from it.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 29, 2012 11:56 AM CST
Well, this is interesting. This website recommends Autumn as the best time to root cuttings, which is not what you'd guess. But since it also says you can do it any time, I think I'll try a few cuttings now (quick while the plant is still alive! Can't believe I haven't killed it yet! Hilarious! )
http://www.osteospermum.com/cuttings.htm
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Oberon46
Mar 29, 2012 11:57 AM CST
I really like the osteospermum also. May buy another (as I loose them each fall and they are darned expensive up here) this spring and read up on rooting. Thanks
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 29, 2012 12:03 PM CST
Ha! I was thinking the same. I really like the ones with the spooned petals, but as you say, they are REALLY expensive. If I have any luck with propagating this one, I may risk the price of one of the fancier ones. Smiling
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 29, 2012 12:34 PM CST
It says
"As most Osteospermums can only be considered half hardy, it's always best to propagate new plants by taking cuttings each year. This is preferable to over-wintering large plants.

We normally take our 5cm stem tip cuttings in autumn, although they can be rooted at any time of year given the right conditions."

I'd interpret that as meaning rather than trying to dig up and overwinter a bunch of big plants, take cuttings in fall before the things croak. That's when I take coleus cuttings, too- in fall before the suckers turn to mush. Hilarious!

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woofie
Mar 29, 2012 12:40 PM CST
Yes. And it also says "Always choose non-flowering shoots." Right now, there aren't any of those! Hilarious!
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Oberon46
Mar 29, 2012 1:05 PM CST
I was wondering about coleus. I have never had them before but would like to add them to the garden this year. I will read up on that also. gosh, it never stops
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 29, 2012 1:12 PM CST
Woofie, it's easy. Just chop off the flower. ???

Oberon, Allison did a nice article on propagating coleus from cuttings.
http://garden.org/articles/view/Onewish1/91/How-to-grow-cole...

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woofie
Mar 29, 2012 2:13 PM CST
Oh, Karen, that's way too easy! Hilarious! Actually, and I can't remember now just what plant it was, I tried that with something and the flowering stems just didn't want to root. But these are so leafy, they'll probably be fine. Gonna try it anyway; it's a pretty good sized plant. I'm just amazed that it's still going after about 3 years on my back porch!

And, oh yeah, coleus are just about the easiest thing to grow from cuttings ever! Gotta be quick to drag them back indoors in this area, tho, 'cause they really don't like the cold!
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kqcrna
Mar 29, 2012 5:41 PM CST
Flowering stems root just fine AFTER you cut off said flower.

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woofie
Mar 29, 2012 6:32 PM CST
Of course I cut off the flowers. Darn, wish I could remember what kind of plant it was.....maybe begonias? geraniums? It was something that should have rooted with no problem, but the stems that had flowers just didn't cooperate.
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