A Shasta daisy is a perennial wild flower that grows to a height of two to three feet and produces blooms with white petals and yellow centres. The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies but are deer resistant. They will do well when cut for flower arrangements. Shasta daisies grow in a wide climate range (essentially, from the Minnesota climate to that of Florida) and are easily propagated either by dividing an adult plant or collecting seeds from blooms.
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Things you need
- Shasta daisy seeds
Dig up the soil 4 to 5 inches down in the selected planting location. A good location is one that receives full sun or only partial shade and is free from other heavy growth.
Mix in an equal amount of manure or compost to the soil that has been dug up.
Scatter the Shasta daisy seeds around the area to be planted. One ounce of seeds will cover approximately 545 square feet.
Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil and water lightly with a sprinkler.
Water the site twice a week, doing so gently to avoid washing the seeds away. Seedlings will appear in less than two weeks.
Tips and warnings
- Shasta daisies planted from seed will not bloom until the following year.
- Fertilise with a formula designated for flowering plants early in the second spring for more blooms.
- Cut fading flowers from the plant to encourage new growth and more flowering.
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