Osteospermum – Bright Lights™ Purple

Garden Height
8 - 12
Spacing
6 - 10
Spread
8 - 12
Habit
Mounded
Container Role
Filler
Flower Size
Short
Flower Colors
Purple
Light Code
YO
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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Features:

  • Continuous Re-Bloom
  • Dead-Heading Not Necessary
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Long Blooming
  • Fall Interest

Maintenance Notes:

Deadheading not necessary for continuous bloom. Plants will "bury their dead" (new flowers will quickly cover old flowers) so no deadheading necessary. Bright Lights Osteospermum do not like having wet feet and will react badly to constantly wet soil. Be sure to allow soil in containers to get dry on top before watering and only plant Bright Lights in ground beds with good drainage. While it shouldn't be necessary you can trim your plants with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears at any time.

A yearly application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

Uses Notes:

Bright Lights are great in both landscapes and containers. 

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Planting to Hard Frost

Hardiness Zones: 11b

Flower Form: Mass Planting

pH: B - pH 5.8 - 6.2

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 0.6

Fertilization: 150 - 200

Light Requirements: High

Water Requirements: Dry to Moderate

Rooting Out Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 55 - 65° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature: 40 - 50° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Early Spring through Fall Finish. Standard PPP.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

4-5" and Quart Pot: 4-6
6" and Gallon Pot: 5-7
7-9" Pot: 7-9
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 10-12

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

Pinch at transplant, if needed. If plants are pinched use a preventative fungicide spray to preclude disease formation. Florel at 500 ppm can be used instead of pinching. 5-10 ppm Sumagic can be used to control growth if needed. Cold temperatures can also be used for growth regulation.

Pest and Disease Management:

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Symphony is sensitive to pythium, phytopthera, and botrytis. Maintaining proper pH, (5.8-6.2) and good sanitation practices will help alleviate problems. Increased air circulation, proper water management and good soil porosity are also critical.

Grower Tips:

Grower Tips for Symphony
-Low humidity isessential best in production.
-Preventive fungicides are recommended at transplant.
-Requires high light in production.
-Grow cool with good air circulation once established.
-Finishing outside will yield a toned and better branched plant.

Air circulation and water management are critical. Vernalization is not required for flowering. Removing buds and flowers at transplant is not necessary but may be beneficial.

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