The perennial daisy is a flower that is as popular now as it was centuries ago. The fact that it symbolizes innocence, purity and new beginnings is just one reason it is one of the most popular choices for brides and to congratulate new parents throughout the world.
There are numerous varieties of daisies. Some of the most popular ones are: Shasta, African, Lazy, Prairie, Painted, Giant, Berbera, Gloriosa, Dahlbert and the Ox-eye daisy.
HOW TO GROW & CARE FOR YOUR DAISY
Daisies can be started from seed in early spring or late fall. Daisies can also be rooted from cuttings or by dividing larger plants. No matter which way you go, daisies are hardy, extremely tolerant of insects and diseases and provide blooming beauty to your garden throughout the spring and summer. The most common varieties are economical and won’t set you back more than a few dollars.
When planting daisies, make sure you choose a sunny spot and plant in a richly-fertilized soil that drains well. If the climate is hot and dry, make sure they get shade in the hottest part of the day and keep them moist but not wet. Mulching around plants is a good idea to help hold in moister and to protect roots from cold temperatures if necessary.
Other growing tips include:
- Use phosphorus fertilizer before blooming to promote bright, large blooms
- Spritz with insecticidal soap if you notice something bothering your daisies
- Deadhead for continued blooming
- Pinch leaf-growth back to control growth of plant to promote blooming
- Daisies are actually made up of two flowers; an inner and outer flower
- Daisy petals are edible and can be used in salads or frozen in ice cubes to decorate a punch bowl
- In some places, the English Daisy is considered a weed