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    Hi all

    Around october time took some cuttings from my margarita plant.

    However i often find the bottom branches to go brown and curly when growing.
    Please take a look at the pictures, i dont know if its overwatering them or its too hot in my house


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    in pic 3, the compost is definitely too wet.
    I would have nipped off all the lower leaves myself, and put them in a gritty compost mix.

    Are they in light? Have they rooted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    in pic 3, the compost is definitely too wet.
    I would have nipped off all the lower leaves myself, and put them in a gritty compost mix.

    Are they in light? Have they rooted?
    yes they were in light in the kitchen but because ive had the rad on ive move them to under the stairs, so you reckon i should remove all the lower branches and repot them all in gritty compost.

    they rooted ages ago.

    But why have they gone like that?

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    They need more light, less water. Under the stairs sounds a bit dark and dank to me. Do you have an unheated greenhouse or coldframe they could go into? Marguerites are reasonably hardy I believe. Compost in the pictures is definitely far too wet.

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    no i havent got a coldframe or a greenhouse.

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    I'm afraid they won't survive in your house It's too dark, too warm and they're too wet.

    Make a coldframe? all you need is a clear plastic box, at its most basic. You need to keep them above 5C

    I don't know where you are: it would def. help if you put your location into your profile.
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    I googled this advice for marguerite cuttings:


    Choose healthy looking, non-flowering shoots and trim them to about 5-7cm (2-3in) long just below a leaf joint.
    Remove the lower leaves and any flowerbuds and insert them around the edge of a pot filled with cuttings compost.
    Cover the pot with a clear polythene bag and place in a well-lit position out of direct sun.
    Puncture the bag after rooting has taken place and keep the plants cool all winter.
    Pot them up in spring and plant them out after the last frosts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    I googled this advice for marguerite cuttings:


    Choose healthy looking, non-flowering shoots and trim them to about 5-7cm (2-3in) long just below a leaf joint.
    Remove the lower leaves and any flowerbuds and insert them around the edge of a pot filled with cuttings compost.
    Cover the pot with a clear polythene bag and place in a well-lit position out of direct sun.
    Puncture the bag after rooting has taken place and keep the plants cool all winter.
    Pot them up in spring and plant them out after the last frosts.
    im from bristol. They are now back in the kitchen where more light.
    I did have them in a propagator untill they got to tall and had to remove the lid.

    Im going to leave the watering off for a few days now

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