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04/07/2012 at 18:58
I have some Osteospermum plants and about an inch from flower heads the stem is withering and the flower heads dropping, any ideasm?
04/07/2012 at 19:38

Assuming you are in the uk, I would put it down to all the wet stuff we are

04/07/2012 at 19:46
Thought it might be???? our heads are also dropping
04/07/2012 at 21:14

Waterlogged roots can cause die-back so that's a distinct possibility. You could try giving them a good balanced feed in case they are short of some nutrient.

04/07/2012 at 21:16

Or could it be earwigs eating the tenderest bit of the stem?

04/07/2012 at 21:47

It`s definitely the weather conditions.


04/07/2012 at 21:58

Are the in pots or in a boarder,Ive a couple in pots myself and alls fine with them ?.

04/07/2012 at 22:29
They are in the border,thanks for replies, i will look for earwigs, and give them a feed, but it well could be the weather.
05/07/2012 at 21:20

Could you not lift the plants and put them in pots, John or are they to big.

06/07/2012 at 21:58
That is a solution, might wait until autumn.
06/07/2012 at 22:51

Check the roots for Vine Weavil.

08/07/2012 at 19:32
Ok thanks
08/08/2012 at 13:16

Hi John, I also have this problem with one of my Osteospermums. I'm in the central belt of Scotland with the exact same symptom you describe. 

They were performing brilliantly too in early spring (May) and looked really healthy. I think with all this rain and poor summer in general.

Now they look rather brown and desheveled and not sure what to do either, my other osteospermum is fine but in another part of the border. I may try lifting it to see if its the wet or if anthing is feeding on the roots.

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