How To Grow Shasta Daisies

The cheerful shasta daisy is a classic perennial. It looks similar to the familiar roadside daisy but has larger and more robust blooms. Here’s how to grow shasta daisies.

Shasta daisies tend to bloom in clumps from 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They bear all-white daisy petals, yellow disk florets, and contrasting glossy, dark green leaves.

Beining a perennial, shasta daisies return every spring or early summer and bloom until early fall. They are never invasive (like some consider roadside daisies to be) and they are great for cutting.

Planting Shasta Daisies

Grow shasta daisies in full sun.  Soil should be moderately fertile, not overly rich, and moist but well-drained.  Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Divide perennials in early spring or late summer.  If you seed directly, expect blooms the following spring after one season’s growth.

If purchasing a plant in a container, plant in spring.  Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.  Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container.

When placing plant in the hole, make sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.  Fill around the root ball and firm the soil and water thoroughly.

Caring for Shasta Daisies

Water during the summer only if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.  After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above the soil line. (See local frost dates.)  Every spring, apply some compost and mulch to help control weeds.  Every 3 to 4 years, divide perennials again in early spring or late summer.

Care of shasta daisies and their companions, winter iris, germander sage and ruby grass, includes summer watering only when rainfall is less than an inch a week. Fertilizer needs are also minimal: a thin layer of compost in spring is sufficient. To help control weeds and retain moisture, spread a 2-inch layer of shredded bark or leaf mulch in spring. When daisy and winter iris clumps grow too big, which is usually every three or four years, dig them up and split into sections before replanting. Staking excessively tall daisies and winter iris helps keep them upright.

How to Plant Shasta Daisy Cuttings

How to Plant Shasta Daisy Cuttings

  1. Cut a young 4- to 6-inch stem with a knife or pruning shears close the base of the stem. Make the cut just under a leaf node.
  2. Remove the leaves from the bottom third of the stem. Pinch any flowers or flower buds from the stem.
  3. Stick the bottom of the cutting about 1-inch deep into a coarse, loamy potting soil that has been pre-moistened with water. Up to five cuttings can be placed in a 5-inch clay pot.
  4. Cover the pot with a plastic bag and set it in a warm spot between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The spot should get bright, indirect sunlight.
  5. Remove the plastic bag for 10 minutes twice a week. At this time, water the cuttings if the soil feels dry and check for roots every two weeks.
  6. Open the plastic bag and widen the opening a little more each day once the cuttings have rooted. When they are growing without the extra humidity of the bag, they are ready to be transplanted.
  7. Plant the new plants in a spot with full sun and good drainage. Mix about 2 inches of compost into the soil before planting. Dig a hole large enough for the roots. Set the plant in the hole and back-fill to cover the roots. Space multiple plants 12 to 24 inches apart.
How to Trim Daisies

How to Trim Daisies

  1. Cut back the spent flower stems after the petals droop, using sharp shears. Make each cut low on the stem, where it thickens or emerges from foliage beneath, but above any new buds forming on the same stem.
  2. Trim back the dead flowers at least once weekly during the blossoming season. Frequent flower removal prevents seed production, which can lead to unwanted plants or poor flowering on existing plants.
  3. Cut back the perennial daisy varieties after flowering, which can be in early summer or in fall, depending on the specific type. Remove up to a third of the foliage if it’s still green to clean up the garden bed. Cut off the foliage near the soil surface if it has died back naturally for the winter.

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