Growing Daisies

Growing Daisy

Sante Shasta Daisy

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Description

Daisies (Leucanthemum superbum), also called Shasta Daisy, are popular, hardy ornamental perennials with attractive flowers in single to double forms. Most have white flowers, but some newer varieties have light yellow flowers. Most are hardy in zones 5 to 9, but a few are hardier. Daisies make excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies.

How To Plant

Plant potted daisies with with roots slightly deeper than in pots. Seed varieties can be sown in the garden directly in spring after frost danger has passed or indoors 8 to 10 weeks earlier. Cover seed just lightly, as light is beneficial for germination. Germinate at 65 to 78 degrees and expect germination in 7 to 21 days.

Maintenance

For full sun to part shade, and best in well-drained soil. Benefits from winter protection in cold climates. Deadheading prolongs flowering.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Daisies are moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of ALGOplus Flowering Plant 4-6-7 liquid fertilizer, Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1, or Osmocote slow-release 14-14-14.

Common Problems

Daisies are easy-to-grow and usually not attacked by pests or diseases. Aphids sometimes attack plants. Grey mold (botrytis) and powdery mildew sometimes occur.

Alternative Products

Other hardy perennials with daisy-like flowers include coneflower, heliopsis, and rudbeckia.

Product Recommendations

Use insecticidal soap to treat aphid problems and 70% neem oil to treat disease problems. 

Daisy Facts

Originally introduced in 1901 by breeder Luther Burbank, the name Shasta Daisy is from Mt. Shasta in northern California.

 

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