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31/07/2013 at 13:34

Ok, this is the plant a couple of weeks ago:

 And here it is yesterday:

 I had to chop loads off last night, stems and leaves are all brown and dead-looking.  My initial thought was it had just reached the end of its' lifespan, but surely it's a little early for that?

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be really grateful

31/07/2013 at 14:36

It 's just grown up and got a bit tired and wrinkly as we all do. Give it some all purpose feed, if you haven't done so already. It will keep flowering, but the brown leaves are just age.

31/07/2013 at 15:42

Be brave and cut it back, feed and water it well and you will have a lovely plant with a couple or so weeks. After the heat we have had over the last few weeks it has just re-acted to that. Should flower for the rest of the summer, in fact well into Autumn. If you can keep it frost free you can over winter them and start them off again in spring.  Very easy to take cuttings from as well.

31/07/2013 at 15:56

ok thanks for the advice, off to do that now

31/07/2013 at 18:12

as a matter of routine, marguerites are part of my mid summer chop.  they tire right now so, as already said, a little feed after a hard cut back and you will have a healthy mound of flowers soon and right up to the autumn

01/08/2013 at 09:02

Well I cut back to the stems, there seems to be new shoots coming off them lower down so I fed it afterwards, keep your fingers crossed!  I will be sad if I lose it, I always grow one every year and they give me so much pleasure...

01/08/2013 at 09:08

I have a marguerite I was given nearly 25 years ago.  well not that one actually , but a cutting off a cutting etc. I dig one up and overwinter in the greenhouse, cut it down hard and feed it. I then take lots of 2 inch long cuttings.  I give lots away. Some I put in pots. This year I have made a hedge with them. Photo to follow.  Its a very simple one with white daisy flowers and a fine  cut bluish leaf. I was told it was called Paris Daisy.

01/08/2013 at 09:47

looking forward to that pic

01/08/2013 at 18:37

They are short lived plants......they often survive winters but best regarded as something to flower profusely in summer with cuttings to,provide new plants next year.

01/08/2013 at 20:21

 Paris daisy. All grown from cuttings taken off same plant in March.

01/08/2013 at 21:03

Fidget, thats the variety I like too....that glaucous blue foliage sets of white flowers perfectly.  Had it years ago but doesnt seem easily available now.  Also liked jamaica primrose that now seems superseded by inferior varieties.  Also,dark double pink called Vancouver

01/08/2013 at 21:14

i think that originally it was from Hopley plants but they don't do it now. I spread it around so that if I lose mine I can beg some back. The ones in the garden centre don't have the fine blueish foliage. It looks nice in a blue pot as well.

01/08/2013 at 21:36

So pretty fidget and so economical too 

01/08/2013 at 22:25

Apart from the heating bill for the greenhouse.!

01/08/2013 at 23:11

Oh...didn't think of that 

01/08/2013 at 23:36

No heating bills here ...cold greenhouse is all that is needed. However cuttings on windowsill cost nowt

02/08/2013 at 12:13

Fidgetbones, that's lovely.  thanks for posting.  If mine grows back I shall take some cuttings.  I'm afraid I've always treated them as annuals and have been very unimaginative, but no longer!

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