Caring for Daisies

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 8, 2014)

Daisies are surprisingly easy to take care of, even if you don't know the basics of flower care. However, if you want to learn how to make your daisies dramatically improve and present a sight that no one will soon forget, then you need to know a few tricks of the trade. Here are a few simple guidelines that you can use to help you have delightful daisies that are amazing to look at.

  • Preparation. When you begin planting daisies, the first step is to prepare the soil and flowerbed. Initially what you need to do is to till the soil in your flowerbed to a depth of between twelve and fifteen inches. While tilling the soil, mix in a little potting soil to add some additional fertilizer, nutrients, and protection for your plants. After tilling, rake the soil to aid in mixing. In addition to preparing the ground, you also need to make sure you chose an area that is fully in the sun, but also has proper drainage.
  • Planting. There are a wide variety of daisy plants to choose from, but generally speaking you will be planting the clumps of flowers between one and two feet apart from each other. This allows the plants room to grow without the need for them to kill each other off or compete unnecessarily for nutrients.
  • Feeding/fertilizing. No real special care needs to be taken when it comes to feeding your daisies. These hardy plants can typically sustain themselves from the nutrients that are readily found in the soil. However, for those instances when you notice your daisies having a difficult time, add a one-inch layer of fertilizer around the plants and cover that with a two-inch layer of mulch. The fertilizer helps feed the plants while the mulch helps prevent weeds from encroaching on the daisies.
  • Watering. Daisies thrive in areas where the soil is moist. Ensure the growth of your daisies by making sure that you keep the ground around them moist. Do not allow the ground to go completely dry between each watering. On average this requires that you water your flowerbed no less than twice a week.
  • Pruning. Daisies will bloom an exceptionally long time if you take proper care of them. Periodically pruning the dead, or dying, parts of the plants can help to prolong the life of the plant in general. Only continue to prune your plants while it appears that more blooms will be coming along afterwards.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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