Daisies always make me think of summertime. I’d only known about the wild white variety when I was a child. As I got older and more interested in gardening, I found out there are many other colors of daisies as well. Here are 5 tips on growing daisies in your garden.
The Shasta daisy prefers well-drained soil that is rich in nutrients, but it will actually grow in just about anything. I’ve had volunteer plants pop up in between rocks, in the middle of an old tire, and in places that I know I would never have planted daisies.
Daisies are all about lots of sunshine. They seem to grow their fullest height when sun is provided. A few plants that have ended up under trees around the yard will still grow and bloom, but they are only half as tall as their cousins in the sun.
If you are looking for lots of blooms on your daisies, then use a fertilizer with high phosphorus content. Be sure to add this right before the bloom is due to appear. The rest of the time, try using an all-purpose fertilizer for strong stalks and large leaves.
Eventually your daisies will become very crowded. They will still keep right on blooming, but the plants will end up being smaller. Every 3 to 4 years I separate my plants out. Not only does this give each plant more room to thrive, but it also provides me with more daisies to spread around the yard.
Water the seeds every so often to get them started, but don’t overwater. These plants are very tolerant to dry weather and only seem to need water during the hottest parts of summer. I water mine once a week during the driest weather and not at all when it rains every so often.
I hope these tips help you to be successful with your daisy growing endeavor. These hardy little flowers not only look great in the garden, but also in containers on the patio. Do you plant the same kind of daisies each year or do you prefer the perennial variety? What got you started in planting daisies in the first place?
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