Can I keep a marguerite daisy indoors?

RUPERTinCO(3)July 5, 2014

I have a pretty blue marguerite daisy I bought from the annual section of a garden center, put it in a terra cotta pot and it looks lovely. But now I like it so much I want to have it around next year! I also have no idea if I'd be able to find this variety again next year, since the garden centers can only sell what the local grower send, and it's not common one here. Does anyone know if I could over-winter this guy indoors and bring it back out next year? How would I do that, as well? Try to keep it growing or give it a dormancy period?

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Save seeds. Take cuttings in late summer/early fall and start new plants under a grow-light indoors.

Even here without frost, it's a short-lived plant, and best the first year.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 6:00PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

is there a reason ... why it cant go in the ground???

here are your variables:

they are full sun plants... window light might not work ... you will spend about $100 on lights and electricity ...

terra cotta pots are a nightmare indoors... very hard to deal with.. add $5 to 10 more dollars for a new pot ...

potting media is very important indoors.. add 10 to 20 more dollars ...

in snow country.. forced air furnaces dont create or allow enough humidity for OUTDOOR plants .... so add another 10 or 15 $$$ for a tray .. some gravel.. to create humidity ..

plus other variable .. i think you get the point...

when it all boils down.. you are going to spend one to two hundred dollars.. for a plant you can buy next spring. for $3 ...

now.. all that said.. GO FOR IT ... i always want to enable some newbie in gardening ... but dont be surprised or POd if you fail ... no one ever learned something new.. w/o trying ...

i suggest you visit the container forum for info on growing plants in pots ... especially in regard to terra cotta indoors ... with a furnace ... the pot itself can wick water out of the media ... and though cactus can enjoy such.. on a heavy water plant.. it can be a problem .... balancing it all out ...

and then the houseplant forum.. for any wisdom they might offer as to dealing with perennials as houseplants ...

and GOOD LUCK!!!!

ken

ps: presuming apartment.. i would find a friend with a yard.. plant it in the garden in late sept or so ... and go get it back in april ... repot it.. and love it up .... that would be called 'healing it in' for winter .....

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 10:49AM
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Edie(5 NY (Finger Lakes))

There are multiple plants called 'Marguerite daisy' and you'd get better advice if we know which one you have. A photo would help. The Latin name would tell us for certain.
Is it possible your plant is Felicia amelloides? I found that name when I searched 'blue Marguerite daisy.' Do an image search for Felicia amelloides and see if the photo matches what you have. They are tender perennials sold as annuals. I've never grown them, but my quick online search told me they are only winter-hardy in USDA zones 9-11. Your username suggests you live in Colorado, USA. If that's the case, your zone could be anything from 3a to 7a. Too cold for this plant to survive winter outdoors. If you 'heel it in' as Ken suggests, it will die with the first frost. But I found one web site that states they can live many years if brought indoors and tended carefully. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 2:09PM
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