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shasta daisyDaisies, one of the most prolific and widespread flowers on the planet, are - not surprisingly - also the most popular to grow and care for!

Today, some of the most common daisies grown in backyard gardens include shasta daisies and gerbera (or gerber) daisies, which are both perennials - or flower varieties that bloom year after year. Another popular variety, the african daisy, is an annual that lasts only one season and must be replanted the following year.

For many perennial daisies, plants will begin blooming the second year. This may explain the popularity of african daisies. Small and colorful, they always promise bright blooms popping up by mid-summer of the first year you plant them. (Some types of gerbera daisies, though perennial, will bloom the first year and are treated like annuals.)

Planting & growing daisies

In early spring, plant daisy seed indoors in pots or trays about six weeks before the last frost in your weather region. They can also be planted directly into the ground in late spring and are best grouped in clumps for the most showy effect.
orange gerbera daisy
The gerbera, one of the most popular
daisy varieties to plant and grow.

When planting outdoors from pots purchased at a local nursery, dig to a depth of approximately twice the width of the pots they came in. Add plenty of organic fertilizer to the soil and space plants about a foot apart. Gently firm soil around the root ball and water thoroughly.

Both annuals and perennial daisies usually call for full sun, lots of organic fertilizer, and generous watering, especially outdoors in the heat of the summer. In cooler climates, ensure the soil dries out completely between waterings to avoid an overabundance of moisture.

Once your daisy garden is well-established, feel free to pick them. Then transfer to a favorite vase for a cheery indoor display. With frequent water changes, daisies remain one of the most longest-lasting cut flowers and may keep their fresh appearance for up to a month.

Also be sure to remove faded flowers immediately to ensure continuous blooms throughout the summer.

Pests common to the daisy include aphids, white fly, and spider mites, although infestations are usually mild and often remedied with a generous spray of soapy water.

Daisy fun facts

butterfly on daisy
Daisies are popular for
attracting butterflies & honey
bees to the home garden...

• Throughout the centuries, daisy symbolism has been closely connected to highly-prized attributes of innocence, loyalty, purity and simplicity.

• Daisies are often included in the home garden for their ability to attract honey bees and butterflies.

• The similarity between an aster and a daisy sometimes causes confusion. Rule of thumb? If it blooms in the fall, its an aster. If it blooms in early to mid summer, it's a daisy.

• In the 19th century, American botanist Luther Burbank mixed the ox-eye daisy with several others — the English field daisy, the Portuguese field daisy, and the Japanese daisy — to arrive at the popular shasta daisy we know today. It was an instant hit.

• With thousands of different types available, daisies are truly global and found on every continent in the world except Antarctica.

On the Web - How to grow daisies :

How to Grow Daisies
- Check out facts & information on their ease of growth with advice on starting from seed, watering, sunlight and feeding, and common insect pests and remedies.

Flower Growing Guides - African Daisy - Here's a quick fact sheet on growing and caring for african daisies with information on planting times, recommended varieties.

Plant Care Guides - Shasta Daisy - Discover expert tips with instructions on site selections, planting, transplanting, care and feeding.

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