Osteospermums are old annual favourites for cottage-style gardens. Native to South Africa, they are tolerant of cold winters and warm summers. They form a thick green carpet and push out a mass display of colourful blooms through spring, summer and autumn. There are many hybrids available these days in a multitude of colours.


How to grow osteospermum in a garden

  1. Choose a well-drained spot in the garden that has full sun.
  2. Enrich the soil with some compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food before planting.
  3. Plant directly where they are to grow. They will spread over time, creating a lovely display.
  4. Water deeply until established and mulch with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw & keep damp.
  5. Feed regularly during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
  6. Pinch out spent flowers to encourage more blooms.
 
 
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How to grow osteospermum in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that gets sun and is sheltered from strong winds. A shallow bowl is ideal, as they will fill out and spill over the edges.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Plant in position and water well.
  4. Cover with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw to help retain moisture.
  5. Feed regularly during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  6. Remove any spent flowers to prolong the display.
 
 

Growing tips

  • Apply some mulch around the base of the plants to help retain soil moisture.
  • Pick blooms regularly to promote further flowering.

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Echinacea

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Virginian Stock

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Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.