Daisies

Shasta Daisy“She loves me… she loves me not.” Whichever way the petals fall, one thing is certain. We all love daisies.

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Maturity: 90-120 days from seed to flower
Height: 24 to 36 inches
Spacing: 12 to 24 inches apart in all directions

Home gardeners everywhere are growing daisies. The simple white flowers with yellow button centers stand tall, gracing our landscapes with abundant blossoms, long after other flowers are fading away (see Summer Flowers for Color).

Beautiful both in the garden and as cut flowers, daisies are hardy, drought-resistant, and provide years of gorgeous, old-fashioned blossoms. The popular Shasta daisy, a good variety for high altitude, low water locations, is probably what most people think of when they think daisy. Hardy perennial, 2-3 feet tall.

Site Preparation:

Daisies like rich, fast draining soil, ample water and plenty of sunshine. However, they are hardy and will tolerate poor soil conditions and partial shade. Work some well-aged animal manure or organic compost into the soil to help promote abundant blooms. Learn How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting here.

Tired of the same old flowers? Heirloom flower seeds — the ones that Grandma used to grow — add charm to your garden while stirring memories with their abundant blossoms and arousing scents. Best of all, we ship them FREE!

How to Plant:

Easy to grow from seed, division or nursery stock. Plant directly into the soil 1/8 inch deep when a light frost is still possible. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days and plants will bloom the following year – after one seasons growth. Apply an organic all-purpose fertilizer early in the season to promote strong, sturdy growth. Prior to blooming, switch to a bud and bloom booster high in phosphorous to promote spectacular flowers. Remove the spent flowers, or use them as cuttings in flower arrangements to extend the flowering season into the fall. Plants should be cut down to the ground in late fall.

Insects and Disease:

Insects and disease are not typically a problem with daisies. However, keep an eye out for slugs and snails and treat with diatomaceous earth or other natural pest control method, if necessary.

Foliage and flowers are also susceptible to several diseases such as gray moldpowdery mildew and Verticillium wilt, which will disfigure leaves and flowers. To reduce plant diseases:

  • Avoid overhead watering whenever possible
  • Properly space plants to improve air circulation
  • Apply organic fungicides to prevent further infection

Seed Saving Instructions:

Daisies are heavy seed producers. When the flowers dry out, cut them off and hang upside down in bundles. The seeds are contained in the heads between the spikes. Once the heads are dry, they can be hand-crushed and the seed winnowed from the chaff. Learn more about Saving Heirloom Flower Seeds here.

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