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Marguerite survivor

B3B3 Posts: 14,965
edited 31 March in Plants
I have a red marguerite that has managed to survive the winter. 
It's in a container and had grown quite big, but the lower parts of the stems are bare.
Is it likely to leaf up lower down if I prune it?
If not, I'll put it in the back of a border somewhere.
Thanks
Ps I've tried a few cuttings - you never know!
In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,703
    Take a few cuttings, they root fairly easily, but if you prune it down, give it a feed, a good watering and put it somewhere warm, it  should sprout and flower this summer.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 14,965
    Thanks @fidgetbones😊 i thought my question was going to slip down the ranks into obscurity😉
    Should i take off a green leafy rosette bit off the top or include a bit of the bare stem in my cutting?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,703
    I take the shoot with a heel, gently pulling it off the old woody stem.  If they are quite long, cut sharply just under a node, trim off the bottom few leaves, quick dip in rooting powder but not really vital.  When they start growing, pinch out the top to make them branch when they are about  10cm tall.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 14,965
    Thanks @fidgetbones. Plenty of material/ plenty of time😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,114
    I keep these over several years by putting them in the greenhouse over winter. I have found that when they become very woody lower down, they don't like to be cut back hard all at one time, but if you cut back one stem, allow for recovery and then do another, they come back strongly. In the summer, when flowers are fading I trim the whole thing with shears and off it goes again.
  • B3B3 Posts: 14,965
    Thanks @Posy
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,114
    You are welcome!
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