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Yes, You can Grow Daisies easily!

How to Grow Daisies in your cottage garden. An easy, drought tolerant perennial that comes in many shapes, sizes and forms.

Daisies seem to come in all shapes and sizes.  Though I mostly think of white when the term Daisy is used there are many colors and types.  

But here I am going to stick to the Shasta daisy because that is what I have grown the most of. Come on over and let me share how to grow daisies.

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How to Grow Daisies in your cottage garden. An easy, drought tolerant perennial that comes in many shapes, sizes and forms. #cottagegarden #daisies #droughttolerant #easyperennials #smallgardens

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The photos below are called Crazy Daisy.
Heirloom Shasta Daisy seeds are available here or buy the plants.

How to Grow Daisies and keep them blooming all summer long! FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Types of Daisies

The Shasta Daisy is a classic perennial, here in my garden, Zone 8, they happily spread by seed of their own volition but are not hard to dig up if they sprout where I do not want them.  

One packet of seeds can produce plants that look a bit different from each other.

Easy to Grow Shasta Daisy, all shapes and sizes, easily propagated! FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Some with long petals that drape and some with short stubby ones.

How to Grow a Shasta Daisy, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (12 of 14)

Shasta daisies tend to bloom in clumps from 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide.  Daisies are great for cutting and summer bouquets.

Keep your Daisies Blooming

Regularly cutting and dead heading is what keeps them blooming.  There is the first flush of tons of blooms and then the later blooms come in spurts and not as many as at first but they do keep blooming.

how to grow daisies, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Another plus in my garden is the deer don’t seem to like them.

Something I cannot say enough is good soil is key to growing most flowers, click on over to read how I started building my soil.  Lazy Gal’s Garden Guide 1

Plant and Grow Daisies

Plant your daisies in full sun. Good soil drainage is also needed. Daisies do not like wet feet.

You can direct seed daisies in Fall. For more info on that I have a full article on sowing seeds in Fall.

You can also Winter sow daisies or you can buy plants at your local garden center.

Space your daisy seedlings or plant 1 to 2 feet apart. Dig a hole about twice the size as the diameter of the container it is growing in. Place in planting hole making sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.

Firm in the soil around root ball. Water thoroughly.

Do not overwater, this will cause overly tall, gangly plants that need staking. They will also tend to reach for the sun if they are located in a shady spot.

Crazy daisy ruffly

Water requirements

Water during the summer months only if you get less than an inch of rain a week. Once well established Daisies are much more drought tolerant and can withstand drier conditions.

When deadheading your daisies or cutting for bouquets cut down to a newly forming bud. This is usually at a leaf juncture. Want to know more about deadheading, see this article.

After your first killing freeze you can leave the daisies for the birds to pluck the seeds or you can cut the stems down around an inch from the ground.

I like leaving them for the birds though it can look messy and be warned they will reseed themselves readily.

In early Spring add compost around daisies as mulch to discourage weeds. Every 3 to 4 years divide daisies to prevent overcrowding, I show you how here.

Propagate a Daisy

I already linked to posts above about starting daisies from seed and propagating by dividing.

Many are hybrids, like the Crazy Daisy, that will not come true from from seed but you will get some interesting daisies if you let the seeds spread.

But if you want a quick overview of dividing daisies here it is.
Dig up the plant in Fall or early Spring making sure to dig well around the root ball.

Have a 5 gallon bucket half filled with water ready to dunk the entire root ball into.  As the water gently washes away the soil you can see the individual plants and you can pull or cut them apart.

Replant divisions in pots or your new location for them.

Daisies with text overlay, Grow Fantastic Daisies, beginner friendly, Flower Patch Farmhouse

Daisy sizes you can grow

There a a variety of daisy heights depending on the cultivar. So before you plant in your beds or garden check to see how tall you can expect to see from the one you are growing.

There are shorter ones for the front of the beds and taller for the middle or back. I am trying a new to me variety that is supposed to have a much longer blooming time than most others and I will update here after the trial period.

With most varieties of daisy you will get a first flush of blooms and then sporadic blooming if you dead head regularly.

There is no mystery as to why Daisies are a cottage garden favorite.  Easy to grow daisies fill in swiftly making for great swathes of white to enhance your other cottage flowers.

Go ahead and plant some seeds today or find a neighbor wanting to divide theirs.  Garden centers too should carry the hybrids that are just as much fun.

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Theresa C Pryor

Sunday 16th of August 2020

Mine are in a clay pot and seem to be dying. We are getting a lot of rain. Last year I planned them and I lost them. I have really rich black dirt with lots of Earth worms on top of clay

I love love Daisy's please help the remind me of my deceased dad

Pamela

Monday 17th of August 2020

It is so hard to say what the issue may as there are so many variables that are unknown for me. Your soil sounds fine. Try direct sowing of seeds. They do begin to fade this time of year so let the ones you have go to seed and toss the seeds onto your soil and see what happens next season. The variety you have may be a sterile variety so buy some seeds and try that too. Sorry I could not be more help.

Bonnie Kowitz

Sunday 4th of August 2019

After 2 or 3 years my daisy's spread so the are close tog gather and get smaller. Should I weed some out so they are not so close?

Pamela

Thursday 8th of August 2019

Yes, dividing the daisies will really make them healthier and then bloom larger.

teresa collins

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

I bought a pot of daisies. the pot has 3 blooming flowers. Is that considered 1 whole plant or does each flower a plant?

Allie

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

Goodness, this is more complicated than I expected. As always, you give us good information and pictures, so how can we go wrong?

Pamela

Friday 16th of June 2017

Not really, sometimes giving all the info can see complicated but toss out the seeds and keep moist until they germinate and give it a whirl. They are tough and will take all sorts of abuse. Some varieties will bloom this year and some won't until next. Also if you buy a six pack of plants at a nursery you will get flowers this year. I bought some Silver Princess for a shorter version and I loved them, I still have them to this day, some were much shorter than others but they all bloomed wonderfully.

rocky

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

The beauty you share in those Calif sierra ranges is undeniable. Unfortunately dealing with the cold, snow and short cool summers brings great considerations. I spent a few months in these areas, Yes, peaceful, serene. I suppose i favor a longer growing season and most of all conviences. Nice place to visit though.

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