How do growers produce Señoritas ® Osteospermum? Follow the plant's journey from cutting to finished plant!
Cuttings from Africa
The cape marguerite naturally grows in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Hence the number of cape-related names: cape daisy, African daisy, cape marigold. The cape marguerite grows well in moderate to warm climates. This is why the mother plants of our Señoritas feel perfectly at home on the African continent. Grown in a nursery in Kenya, they produce ‘small offspring’, known as vegetative tip cuttings. We harvest these plant cuttings, wrap them up in cooled boxes and transport them over to the Netherlands.
From cutting to young plant
The plant cuttings then arrive in the centre of the international greenhouse industry, in Westland in the Netherlands. In this growing and flourishing Dutch horticulture region you will also find the greenhouses of Hendriks Young Plants. This family run business is in its 3rd generation of ownership and has been specialising in growing young plants since 1947. During the winter months the Señoritas ® cuttings grow to become strong and healthy young plants. At Hendriks Young Plants, we plant all cuttings in special potting soil and nurture them for four to five weeks with water, nutrients, light and perfect temperatures. Upon leaving our greenhouses, the Señoritas ®, now young plants, are strong enough to embark on their journey to plant growers all over the world.
Fully grown flowering plants
Once they arrive at their next station, the Señoritas ® are planted into bigger pots. The young plants build strong roots and after eight to ten weeks they become fully grown plants, sprouting beautiful blossoms. During the spring months, our colourful Señoritas ® are sent to garden centres, DIY stores, supermarkets and florists all over Europe. From here, they will find their new home on our patios, balconies and in our gardens where their stunning beauty enchants us all summer long! Honeybees and bumblebees are joining the party and will visit the cape marguerites during sunshine hours to feed on their nectar.