When Can I Divide Shasta Daisies: Tips On Dividing A Shasta Daisy Plant
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Dividing Shasta daisy plants is an excellent way to spread beauty and ensure that the good natured plants thrive in every corner of your landscape. When can I divide Shasta daisies? This common question has a simple answer, and this article will help.
Shasta Daisy Pruning – Tips On Cutting Back Shasta Daisies
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Proper year end care of your plants will ensure a bountiful supply of rayed blooms, and this includes cutting back Shasta daisies. You should know when to prune Shasta daisy and some tips on the method for healthiest plants. This article will help with that.
Planting Shasta Daisies – The Growing And Care Of Shasta Daisy
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Shasta daisy flowers provide perky summer blooms. When you learn how to grow Shasta daisy, you?ll find it perfect for naturalizing and filling in bare spots. Read more about the plant in this article.
How to Grow Daisies
Shasta daisy – a 3-4’ hybrid perennial that gardeners are often introduced to early in their gardening lives due to its simple beauty and ease of cultivation. The familiar daisy flowers come in white and shades of yellow and buff, with a great deal of variation in the petals surrounding the traditional yellow eye. Some dwarf varieties (8-12") can grace the front of garden beds, while others sport strong, attractive foliage clumps that provide a backdrop to other blooming perennials in the garden.
Extremely cold hardy, this plant can be grown from seed or from transplanting potted 'starts'. Given moist, average conditions, Shasta daisy grows well and grows strongly, allowing the gardener to propagate it easily throughout the garden and gather many blooms for inside vases. For those who wish to see carpets of white in their meadows or along the driveway, try its cousin, the vigorous Ox-eye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) – a plant so vigorous in fact, it is prohibited in some states and must be planted with care.
How to Collect Shasta Daisy Seeds
Shasta daisies are related to garden mums. This member of the aster family is referred to scientifically as Leucanthemum maximum, Chrysanthemum x superbum, Leucanthemum x superbum or Chrysanthemum maximum. Despite what may sound like some mildly confusing nomenclature or scientific double-talk, the Shasta daisy is an uncomplicated flower that grows more than readily from seeds. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, these lovelies perform best in zones 5 through 9.
Cut Shasta daisies for indoor bouquets using clean, sharp shears from early summer through early fall. Clip the stems to ground level. Cut Shastas remain beautiful for several days in vases.
Deadhead Shasta daisies regularly throughout the growing season. Remove flower heads as they fade to prevent excessive seed production and dispersal. These plants reseed themselves prolifically when left to their own devices, and they can spring up all over the garden and yard within a year or two.
Allow the healthy, mature blooms to fade and wilt naturally on your favorite Shasta daisy plant at the end of summer. Seed heads will form after the petals are completely dry.
Snip the flower heads from the plant when all the dried petals have fallen off and the seed heads are completely brown and dry. Drop them into a brown paper bag.
Store the open paper bag in a warm, dry spot with good air circulation but out of drafts for about a week, or until the flower heads are very brittle.
Open the bag. Squeeze a head between your fingers. The seeds will slip from the head into the bottom of the bag, along with ripe seeds that have already been released.
Dump the contents of the bag onto a plate. Hold it over the sink or garbage can. Blow across the material lightly to displace the debris and separate it from the seeds, which are golden-brown.
Pour the Shasta daisy seeds into a paper envelope. Store in a cool, dry location out of direct light until planting time.
- Shasta daisies starting from seeds may not bloom until their second year.
- The Shasta daisy is often confused with its smaller cousin, the ox-eye daisy (L. vulgare). Ox-eyes, also spelled oxe-eyes, are considered invasive by the states of California, Colorado, Montana, Washington and Wyoming.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
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Although Shasta daisies prefer soil that’s kept evenly moist, well-established plants can tolerate short periods of drought. In fact, overwatering often does more harm than underwatering, since Shastas don’t like wet feet. For the best performance, give your plants about an inch of water per week during summer dry spells.
The stems of taller varieties of Shasta daisies may need to be staked if the flowers begin weighing them down. As an alternative, you can pinch back the stems of your plants in early spring to reduce their height and encourage bushier growth.
Pruning and deadheading:
Deadheading the spent flowers of Shasta daisies will extend their bloom period and prevent plants from going to seed. In the fall, after your plants have finished blooming, cut back the dead stems to basal growth and cover with a layer of mulch to provide winter protection.
Although Shasta daisies readily self-sow, the offspring don’t always look like the parent plants. The most reliable propagation method is to divide your plants every other year. Because Shastas are often short-lived perennials, this will also help to maintain their vigor and increase their lifespan. The best time for division is in early spring or immediately after flowering.