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Can bacopa be grown indoors over the winter? If so, do they still bloom? What about fertilizer and light? I hate to let them die every year when they are in full bloom right now, even better than they were for a lot of the summer. I live in Traverse City, MI. It gets very cold here.
Bacopa is an annual and though you certainly could extend it's life by bringing it indoors it will not continuously bloom or winter over for next spring.
I have a number of hanging baskets, of which I think the Bacopa would be great in. However, on a limited budget, I would find it too expensive to purchase for all of them. Is it possible (and legal) to propagate these plants?
Many thanks for your time
You can grow Bacopa from both seed and cuttings. This is a very economical way to start your plants and fill those hanging baskets.
Thank you so much Downtoearthdigs for your very speedy response and for the good news contained. Another question if you will, as it may be obvious I am a novice at gardening, so that being the case, how do I take cuttings and when? The plant I purchased was in a med. size pot.
Cut 2 to 4 inch stems from your actively growing Bocopa plant.
Remove the bottom leaves and dip 1 inch into rooting hormone and place in small pots with half potting soil/sand mixture.
Moisten the soil and tamp down the cuttings into the soil mixture.
Place the entire pot into a plastic bag and tie shut.
Place your cuttings in a warm and bright indirect light location.
Check the cuttings daily and mist if needed. Avoid direct sunlight, as this could burn your cuttings.
Your little cuttings should form roots in 4 to 6 weeks!
Bacopa can be grown from seed or cuttings.
Seed grown plants generally have smaller flowers.
Seeds should be sown on a tray of moist potting soil and let uncovered. They need light to germinate. A clear covering will allow light and moisture retention.
Remove covering after germination.
3" cuttings can be taken from plants in mid-summer. Use rooting hormone and place in a 50/50 mixture of sand and vermiculite.
Your plant may be suffering from too much direct sunlight. Move the plant to a more sheltered location from hot afternoon sunshine.
Make sure you are keeping the soil consistently moist, but never soggy. On warm days, you may need to water twice a day.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
Yes, there are at least 25 different varieties of Bocopa!
It also could be the stressed plants that you rescued, as this can result in growing patterns not normal to the plant.