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You must have admired daisies, whether you saw them in the field or in a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But you can also have them at home because it is quite easy to grow daisies in the garden or in pots.
Daisies are among the types of garden plants that are easy to care for. Although they are often found on meadows or pastures, their immaculate white completes the beauty of any garden. Caring for daisies is very simple and requires minimal effort on your part to develop harmonies.
If they are among your favorite flowers, we invite you to continue to discover how daisies multiply and what rules you need to follow to ensure a growth-friendly environment.
It is known that daisies are fragrant plants, but your garden would be incomplete without their grace. So we’ve put together a list of tips for planting, caring for, and growing daisies.
About Growing Daisies
Wild daisies are found growing naturally in meadows throughout Europe and Asia. They are one of the most common flowers in their family (the Asteraceae family of flowering plants).
That said, there are over 20,000 types of daisies to choose from, and not all are as invasive as the common wild daisy. In fact, some cultures even revere the daisy.
Wild daisies have been introduced to gardens in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries around the world (where people don’t always necessarily view them as “weeds”).
Below, we discuss everything you need to know about how to grow daisies, starting with a table of quick information about the growing requirements for the species.
Or, click over and read these fun facts about daisies instead of learning how to grow them!
Quick Daisy Growing Information
|How much light is needed:||Daisies love the sun in abundance, it is recommended that they receive 12 to 14 hours of sunlight a day.|
|How much water is needed:||Daisies need about 1 to 2 inches of water each week.|
|Is it best to start with seeds or plants:||It is preferable to start with seeds.|
|The best month to plant:||Preferably, the daisies are planted at the end of July.|
|Preferred climate/temperature:||The optimum temperature for daisies is about 68°F.|
|Is indoor or outdoor growing better:||Both indoor and outdoor growing are suitable.|
|Do indoor plants need to be pollinated:||Yes. Daisies use almost any insect that passes by for pollination.|
|Level of difficulty to grow:||Easy.|
|Plant height:||Daisies can reach heights between 12 inches and 24 inches.|
|Time from planting to harvest:||Daisies need a minimum of 10 to 20 days to grow, from planting.|
Tips for Growing Daisies
1. Protect Daisies from Cold Temperatures
This plant is sensitive to very low temperatures, so you need to protect it from temperatures of 30°F or less, and frosty weather conditions in general.
To prevent the daisies from freezing, the bush should be cut as close to the ground as possible, at a distance of just an inch or two, and covered with a mixture of earth and sand.
2. Give the Soil Some TLC
These flowers thrive in sandy soil that receives plenty of sunlight. That said, any quick-draining soil that retains a decent amount of moisture will work for daisies.
Also, in order to stimulate their growth and speed up their development, it is advisable to use a basic plant fertilizer and plant food specifically for blooming as well.
The best fertilizer to apply to your daisies, generally speaking, is something with an NPK of 10-10-10.
3. Provide Enormous Amounts of Light
Daisies love the sun in abundance. With the light they soak up from the sun during the day, even during the coldest summer nights, the plant has all the energy it needs to survive.
The more direct sunlight the flowers receive throughout the day, the faster they will bloom. However, the catch-22 is that once they bloom, if they are in direct sunlight all day the blooms fade quicker than those in partial shade.
Daisies Growing FAQs
Why don’t daisies bloom?
If the daisy does not bloom, it means that the plant is not doing very well for some reason. So, you will have to pay close attention to it, or even choose a new place to place it.
Daisies only bloom if they have plenty of natural light. They are flowers that grow very well in sunny areas, or in partial shade.
If you try growing them in the shade, you will not be able to enjoy many blooms from these flowers.
How do I prepare daisies for the fall and winter?
It is recommended to cut the daisy stem after the flowers fall off. You can do it in the fall before the frost comes, or whenever you get a chance before the snowfalls.
Even though they can withstand relatively low temperatures naturally, snow or no snow, the plants suffer when the ground freezes if they aren’t properly prepared.
You should cover the roots and stems of your daisies with organic compost, fresh soil, and/or mulch when you prepare them for the winter.
How can I prevent diseases and pests in daisies?
When it comes to really knowing how to grow daisies successfully, preventing diseases from damaging them is a must.
To prevent diseases from infecting your daisies, it is advisable to use an insecticide that fights a variety of pests. It is also recommended to apply a fungicide before the buds develop to prevent the appearance of diseases.
Now that you’ve learned all about caring for and growing daisies, it’s time to get down to business and turn your garden into a flower paradise!
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