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How to Grow Daisies
Perennials and some Annuals
Daisies are among the most popular flowers in the home garden. Daisies are highly attractive indoors and outdoors. Gardeners appreciate their easy to grow characteristic. You will find theses plants outdoors in flowerbeds and containers. Inside, they are excellent in flower vases and arrangements. They are popular in corsages for all types of events.
There are dozens of varieties. Most are perennials, with the white Shasta Daisy being the most popular. Some, like African Daisies, are annuals. New home gardeners and kids find these easy to maintain plants, a perfect starting point for a lifetime of flower gardening. If only other flowers could be this easy to grow!
Thought for the Day: There's daisies. Then, there's flowers that want to be daisies. Did you ever stop to think about how many plants are described as "daisy-like"? Examples include: Aster, Blanketflower, Coreopsis, Cupid's Dart, and more.
Daisies are commonly grown from seed. Daisy seeds can be directly seeded into the flowerbed. They look best in clumps. Broadcast spreading of the seed will work well. With an indoor start, annuals and some perennial varieties will bloom the first year. For indoor starts, plant in pots or trays six to eight weeks before the last frost in your area.
Established perennial varieties can be separated by division. This should be done every 3-4 years to avoid over-crowding.. Dig up the clump and separate it into groups for replanting.
How to Grow Daisies:
Grow Daisies in full sun. For perennial varieties, plan on blooming the second year. Select a sunny location where they can grow undisturbed for years. Soil should be rich and well draining. Prior to planting, add generous amounts of manure and compost.
Water plants during dry periods. Add a general purpose fertilizer in the early growth stage, and once a month afterwards. Just prior to blooming, use a fertilizer high in Phosphorous to help promote big, bright blooms.
When in full bloom, cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
In cold weather regions, provide a thick layer of mulch for winter protection.
Insects and Disease:
Daisies seldom are bothered by insects and disease. Generally, these plants do not need insecticides or fungicides. On rare occasion where insects or disease are a problem, treat them with an insecticidal soap and /or fungicide at the earliest sign of trouble.
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