How to Grow Daisies

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Daisies are hardy perennials that are easy to grow and can be started from seed. They can be a cheerful addition to any flower garden, producing gorgeous blooms year after year. Daisies may also be cut for long-lasting flower arrangements. By following these steps, these lovely perennials will bring years of enjoyment.

Things You'll Need

  • Daisy Plants or Seeds
  • Digging Tool
  • Organic Compost Matter
  • Fertilizer High in Phosphorus

Steps for Growing Daisies

  • Buy plants that have been grown in a greenhouse or purchase seeds from a reputable seed catalog. Look for plants that show no obvious signs of distress. Brown spots on leaves or stems could indicate disease. The foliage should be green. The soil in the container should be damp to the touch and not mushy. Mushy soil indicates over-watering and poor drainage.

  • Choose a planting area that is mostly sunny. Daisies will grow in shaded areas, but will perform best when planted in full sun.

  • Prepare the soil by weeding and by adding a layer of organic compost. This helps amend the soil by adding essential nutrients and improves drainage.

  • Plan the planting arrangement. Plants that are planted haphazardly will not maximize their visual potential. Read the label on the container or seed package and follow the recommendations for spacing.

  • Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the plant. It is usually best to dig 1 1/2 times the size of the root ball for maximum root growth. When planting seeds, the seeds may be scattered in the desired planting area. Seeds will take 2 to 4 weeks to germinate and may not flower until the second year.

  • Remove the plant from the original growing container. This can be done by gently tapping the sides while holding the base of the stem until the plant slides out. Remove any excess soil and dead leaves.

  • Place the plant into the hole. Be sure the plant is placed at the same depth in the soil as the original growing container.

  • Fill any remaining space with the surrounding soil. Firm the soil by gently pressing around the top of the root ball.

  • Water thoroughly. Daisies should be watered regularly, especially during the first year. This helps to establish the roots for future growth.

  • Fertilize with high phosphorus fertilizer. Follow the directions from the manufacturer for correct dosage and frequency.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plants may be dug up after 2-3 years and separated into clumps. These clumps may be replanted in other desired locations. This can be done every couple of years for multitudes of Daisies for years to come.
  • Deadhead the flowers to encourage re-bloom and to extend the flowering season.
  • Be sure that the Daisies have good drainage or they will not survive.

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