Monday, April 16, 2012

All About Shasta Daisy's

        Hello friends, I love daisy (once again I know that I say that about all of the plants I talk about! I can't help it!)   Daisies are simple yet sophisticated and are some of the most beautiful flowers in the floral world. 
     Daisies convey cheer and exuberance in spades. Not surprisingly, daisies are popular both for gifting and growing in gardens. 
     Shasta Daisy
       With their white petals surrounding yellow centers, they are similar to the  meadow daisy, but have larger and more abundant blooms.
    About This Plant
     Shasta daisies bloom over a  period, from early summer until fall, forming tidy clumps from two to three feet tall and up to two feet across. 
      The bright flowers contrast nicely with the glossy, dark green foliage, livening up any garden bed. The flowers are great for cutting!
    Special Features
Easy care/low maintenance
Attracts butterflies
    Site Selection
  Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil.
   Planting Instructions
  Plant in spring, spacing plants one to two feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of twelve to fifteen inches, then mix in a two to four-inch layer of compost.
  Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
    Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a two-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. 
   Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than one inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. 
   After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every three to four years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
     About Gerber daisy's tomorrow! Until we meet again......

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