Daisies are a beautiful addition to a flower bed that can survive most weather and spreads readily. Add for a pop of color and long lasting beauty that comes back year after year! Growing daisies from seed is fairly simple. The seeds can be broadcasted into the garden and will fill in excess spaces, or they can be planted 6” apart. Daisy seeds need light to germinate, so they should not be covered, if possible, or barely covered if it cannot be avoided. Seeds can go out at about any time, but an extended period of hot or cold when the seedlings are young and fragile can damage or kill your plants. Save some of your seeds to re-plant if a late freeze causes issues. You can also start daisies indoors, and transplant when they are 4-6” tall. Space them 18-30” apart if transplanting. Because daisies spread, you want to make sure that there is plenty of space around each one. Daisies use both rhizomes and seeds to spread out in gardens. Pick an area with good drainage, since daisies do not like to have wet feet. A nitrogen-rich fertilizer can be added to the flower bed for initial growth, but once buds begin to appear, use a phosphorus-heavy fertilizer to promote more blooms.
Daisies can grow 12-30” tall. Taller varieties may need to be staked, especially if your area has high winds. Daisies with more light will bloom more, so try to keep dwarf varieties out of the shadow of larger plants. Trim spent flowers to promote further blooms, but leave dead flowers in the fall to have seeds drop for next year. Some daisies may survive harsher winter temperatures, while others will die back and grow from new seeds each year.
Daisies make a beautiful cut flower, but are also utilized in homeopathic remedies