Maintaining Your Shasta Daisy Garden
A Shasta daisy is one of the most popular daisies around. With their striking white petals and golden center, they are a beautiful contrast to a field of green. These flowers are easy to take care of and maintain. Shasta daisies can be used as a ground cover or border for yards. They are also hugely popular in floral bouquets, especially for weddings.
Full sun to partial shade is best for these plants. If less than one inch of rain falls each week, then you will need to make sure that you lightly water your daisies.
Each spring you should apply a thin layer of mulch to your garden of daisies. This will help to keep the weeds under control and keep moisture. After the first killing frost, you should cut your stems back no more than an inch or two above your soil line.
Every two to three years you can divide your plants if they have become too crowded. Spring is the absolute best time to separate your plants. The baby plants that still have some root on them should be dug up and transplanted to a new location.
The average amount of seeds per pound is roughly four hundred and thirty six thousand. You will need about five pounds per acre. This flower has an extremely high planting success percentage. For beginning gardeners, Shasta daisies are an excellent starter plant.
These perennials are exceptionally hardy once they have become established. You can expect them to come back year after year. They grow individually on solitary rigid stems. These plants can grow all the way up towards three feet tall. These flowers have a unique odor that some are not very fond. This trait alone sets them apart from most other flowers. You can usually find these flowers bloom in the summer between June and July. Up to ten days after you have cut them they can survive, this makes them perfect for floral arrangements. Germination normally takes anywhere from fifteen to thirty days. These flowers tend to attract butterflies as well.
When planting your Shasta daisies, you should ensure that they will get full sun. The soil that you plant them in must drain well. Do not use a clay soil. To get your soil ready, you will need to loosen it with a garden fork or tiller at least twelve inches. Two to four inches of compost should be added at this time. Keep in mind to cover the bare root completely when planting your daisy, space your flowers at least one foot apart. If you are transplanting your flower from a pot, you will need to dig a hole that is twice the size of the current flower pot. During germination, your flower should be kept moist. Be sure to avoid over watering once your flowers have reached establishment. Keep in mind that they are very hardy and can survive a drought if need be.