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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:17 pm 
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Hi. I bought an osteospermum plant because the florist said it was a perennial. However, I am wondering if it is in fact an annual. I've only had it a month and already its stopped flowering and is starting to wilt. What did I do wrong? Or is this normal? Thanks for any advice.


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It will be a perennial, although some of them are not hardy even in Kent. Most likely yours is in shock from being transplanted, or perhaps it has just had too much water. They prefer well drained soils and lots of sun.


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Thanks for your reply. Its in a very sunny spot but perhaps has had too much water. Will it perk up if I hold off the watering? Will it die back and revive at a later date?

Sorry if I sound stupid, I'm very new to gardening!


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Actually I've lost every osteo I've ever put in the ground. Turns out for my local and temps, I wasn't watering ENOUGH. The nice lady said once planted in ground, they need extra water to get established, then can take little water.

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Good luck with it. I find them tricky to get acclimated. This one is on its first rebloom, after transplanting.


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