Osteospermum not thriving this year?

madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 736

I grow Osteospermums every year from plants bought from various nurseries etc.

This is how they usually are at this time of year,this photo is 2013:-

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 and this is how they are typically this year:-

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 and that plant is about the most floriferous it has been and possibly the best of all of them!

Some will have a couple of flowers and then nothing for days.

I have done nothing different from previous years but can anyone think why they are putting on such a poor show this year?

“Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Last years pot was bigger

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 736

    The ones in the same pot as last year are bad as well.

    Normally I grow them in all sorts of pots and in the garden and they fill up the space beautifully but none are doing well this year image

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Maybe the quality of your compost isn't as good this year even if you have bought the same type. Last year once the snow had gone we had a really long period of good weather. This year we have had more cooler periods

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 736

    Same compost,same nursery for the plants in most cases.

    All the plants when bought were strong and sturdy but just seem to have stayed the same as when purchased.

    They were all planted out at the end of May as usual and we have had lovely warm weather here (Isle of Wight).

    If it were only one or two plants were affected it would not be so bad but not all of them.

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • CharlieBotCharlieBot Posts: 208

    Mine is the same. Planted in good soil in full sun, was in full flower when I bought it and has been pathetic ever since.

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 736

    pathetic that was the word i was looking for...!!!!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 736

    Hi Verdun

    Have done all that.

    Not the Voltage series,had them a couple of years ago and they all did extremely well in pots and the garden

    As I say I have grown Osteos for several years and always had a good show.

    The plants themselves seem to be healthy and strong,just not producing the flowers and growth seems non existent.

    They look pretty much the same as when I bought them!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 736

    Yes! Come the autumn I will probably have a fine show!!!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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