Propagating Shasta Daisy
A Shasta daisy is yet another variety of daisy that has the classic look of white petals shooting out from a yellow center button. Propagating the Shasta daisy is not a difficult task and should be performed at least every two to three years to keep the plant from getting too large. Propagation can be done from seed or by separating the roots and growth for planting.
Propagating From Seed
Shasta daisy seeds can be collected from dead flower heads by hanging them to dry and then crushing them. The seeds are tiny but relatively heavy so will get left behind if you gently blow across the pile of residue.
Step 1 – Plant the Seeds
Shasta daisy seeds only need to be planted at a depth of an eighth of an inch so broadcasting them over a flower bed will achieve this for most of them. Sprinkle them in the desired area and then sprinkle with a top soil there is no need to sow them into the soil with gardening tools.
Step 2 – Give Plenty of Water
Give the seeds a good soaking with water. This will help to settle them into the soil and protect them from drying out.
Step 3 – Wait for Germination
It takes about three weeks for the seeds to geminate and at least a year for them to show any flowering. Be sure to protect the seedlings with a mulch or hay during cold months to keep from freezing. You can also choose to plant them in pots while establishing and move indoors for the cold months.
Step 4 – Apply Nutrients Regularly
As the plants come out of their dormant winter period give the area a good feed with liquid fertilizer or dig some good garden compost into the soil around the roots.
Propagating By Dividing The Root
Step 5 – Dig up the Plants
Digging a plant up before winter is the best time to try and divide the Shasta daisy clump. Dig the whole plant out of the ground to have better control over where the root is split.
Step 6 – Divide the Clump
Once you dig the plant out of the ground you will see that there is a neat orderly display of roots and growth. The younger roots with small plant growths from them are the ones that you want to remove for propagation. They should be fairly easy to remove from the root bunch and should cause very little to no damage.
Step 7 – Plant the Stems into the Flower Bed
Plant the stems so that the tips of the green shoots are just above ground level. Make sure the stem is well packed around with soil and water it well. Ensure that the soil is well draining and well fertilized with organic compost or fertilizer.
The Shasta Daisy is a rather easy plant to take care of and once established will be able to tolerate drought and some caretaker negligence. The ease with which they propagate on their own makes it an ideal plant to use as a filler and border plant.