by Jennifer Poindexter
Do you like the look of a traditional garden filled with traditional flowers? There’s nothing wrong with that. Some people desire a more exotic garden to provide a slight escape throughout their day. Others prefer a place of familiarity to provide peace in the chaos. If you fit into the latter category, you’re going to want to learn how to grow the common daisy.
These flowers are simple, gorgeous, and provide a classic feel for any grow space. Here’s how you can grow your own.
Growing Conditions for the Common Daisy
Common daisies come in a variety of colors, but they are all recognized by their bright yellow center. These flowers are also unique because they open up and shine during the day, but at night, they close up their petals.
If this sounds fascinating to you, try raising this type of flower. The main thing, when growing daisies, is to ensure you provide the proper grow space.
Common daisies need well-draining soil and full sun. However, it would be ideal if their grow space also provided afternoon shade to save them from becoming too hot.
By providing this, they should thrive. Keep in mind, there are approximately 4,000 varieties of common daisies.
Be aware of which varieties you purchase because some are perennials while others are annuals. However, if you live in planting zones four through ten, they should do fine. Common daisies aren’t finicky flowers and might be a great place to start for the beginner gardener.
How to Plant the Common Daisy
There are three ways to grow common daisies. Which method you choose will depend upon your situation and comfort level.
The first method for growing common daisies is to grow them from seed. You can direct sow the seeds or start them indoors.
If you live in an area with a shorter growing season, starting them indoors may give you a needed head start.
However, if you live with a longer grow season, it may not be worth the extra effort. If you start the seeds indoors, place them in a grow tray with quality soil.
Don’t actually plant the seeds. Instead, lay them on top of the soil as they need light to germinate.
Place the seeds in a warm location where they’ll receive adequate light and wait the two-to-three-week germination period.
When all threat of frost has passed, transplant the seedlings outdoors in their chosen location. Each plant will need six inches of space between them.
If you choose to direct sow the seeds, plant them in the desired growing location. You can cast the seeds over tilled soil to ensure they receive sunlight for germination.
After two-to-three weeks, germination should occur. Once the seedlings form, thin them to where there’s six inches of space between each plant. Keep in mind, if you choose a perennial variety, they won’t bloom until their second year.
The next method to growing common daisies is to purchase a mature plant and transplant it into your grow space.
If this is the method you choose, ensure you’ve picked a space with the growing conditions mentioned above.
Dig a hole that’s two times the size of the pot your mature plant is in. Squeeze the bottom of the pot to release the plant.
Place the root ball in the hole but make sure it’s even with the soil level. Cover the root system with soil.
The final method for growing common daisies is to divide root balls. If your plants appear overcrowded, dig up entire root systems of your overabundance of plants.
Use a spade to divide down the center of the root ball. This ball will have a tough center. It should be removed during this division process.
The center is what you’ll transplant. Ensure each center of the root system is planted with one foot of space between each plant to avoid overcrowding in the near future.
With these different growing methods, hopefully there’s a method that’s right for every gardener, so everyone can enjoy common daisies throughout their landscape.
Caring for the Common Daisy
The common daisy is an easy flower to grow that requires little care. As with many flowers, common daisies need water.
It’s a good idea to use the deep watering method. This helps plants develop stronger root systems and ensures they receive adequate water.
Shallow watering on a more frequent basis may supply water to the base of the plant, but if enough isn’t applied, the roots may not receive what they need.
Therefore, you should stick your finger into the soil surrounding the daisies. If it’s dry to the first knuckle, it’s time to water the plants deeply. They shouldn’t need it more than two to three times per week, at the most.
When common daisies begin to wilt, it can be difficult to help them to recover. Use these tips to ensure they receive enough water, and you should be able to avoid this issue.
The next item on the common daisy care list is to apply a general, all-purpose fertilizer one time at the beginning of the grow season. These flowers don’t respond well to added nutrients, so one fertilizing session will be ample.
You should also ensure that you deadhead your common daisies. This encourages new growth in your plants which supplies blooms for longer periods.
Finally, the biggest issue gardeners encounter with common daisies is their ability to reseed efficiently and effectively.
This can become an overwhelming problem. Avoid it by applying mulch around your common daisies. Not only will this help the plants retain moisture, but it will block the seeds from hitting soil.
If the seeds can’t reach the soil, they won’t be able to germinate, develop roots, and continue taking over your garden.
Mulch is also beneficial, and recommended, when overwintering your daisies to protect the plants’ root systems.
Another method to avoid this reseeding process is to fertilize your common daisies more than the one time mentioned above.
The plants don’t respond well to added nutrients and this will effectively disrupt the plants’ ability to produce quality seeds.
By providing water, fertilizer, and managing the reseeding process, your common daisies should be off to a great start under your care.
Garden Pests and Diseases for the Common Daisy
Our final stop on this journey of growing common daisies is understanding what could show up in your grow space and harm the growth of these flowers.
The most common pests for common daisies are aphids, earwigs, and slugs. Aphids are a common garden pest no matter what you’re growing.
If you begin spotting them in your garden, spray your plants with soapy water to remove them from your plants’ foliage.
You can also follow-up with an insecticide. Be prepared to treat the daisies as needed because aphids can be persistent.
Earwigs are odd creatures with what looks like pinchers attached to their bodies. If you see these pests hanging around your common daisies, apply an insecticide or spread petroleum jelly on the stems of your plants.
Slugs may be more difficult to spot as they usually come out around dusk. You can visit your common daisies during this time to see if you can handpick them from your plants.
If this isn’t convenient, or you don’t want to touch them, sprinkle diatomaceous earth or coffee grounds around the base of the common daisy plants.
This will create a treacherous terrain for the slugs to crawl over which will cause them to meet an untimely death and put a stop to their infestation.
The only disease you must be aware of when raising common daisies is mold. This is an issue usually caused due to lack of airflow.
If you see mold growing on your daisies, create more spacing between plants and deadhead the flowers. These things will provide more air, remove unnecessary moisture from the plants which will stop mold issues.
Staying aware of these common issues when growing common daisies can provide an enjoyable growing experience.
This wraps up our tour of common daisies. If you’d like a simple flower to brighten up your landscape, this low-maintenance option could be a great fit for you.