Growing Shasta Daisy

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These pretty white and yellow flowers are a great addition to your garden. They are easy to grow in sun or partial shade and tolerant of varying soil and moisture conditions. This is a page about growing Shasta daisy.


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Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum maximum
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: spring
Height: 1' to 3'
Exposure: full sun
Soil: rich, moist, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 4-10
Bloom Time: mid summer to fall
Flower: most are white with yellow centers; single and double forms
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds, division
Suggested Use: beds, borders, mass plantings
Growing Hints: Sow seeds directly into the garden in spring for flowers the following summer. Purchase plants from the nursery for first year blooms. Remove spent flowers to extend blooming period and divide clumps every 3 to 4 years after they finish flowering.
Interesting Facts: Shasta Daisies are the result of plant breeder, Luther Burbank, who spent years interbreeding wild species of chrysanthemums from all over the world.
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I started about 10 plants from seed in August. Then in September, I planted them, they didn't flower yet. This spring 50 plants came up. They are just beautiful. This was a nice filler for a big empty spot.

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I have been given Shasta Daisies by the wind or birds. How do I care for them? Do I fertilize them or not? Thanks.


By Nancy Stanley (Guest Post)
August 8, 20070 found this helpful

My mother has raised the Shasta Daisies for years. she is 88 and very active in her yard. she gave me my start. Here in Texas they require very little care, other then good soil and water. They come back year after year more and more of them.


I started out with a very small bed of them with only a few plants and now have about a 10 feet square full of them. They bloom every spring. we put cow marure on the soil, just a thin layer over top and dig and mix into soil, before planting and water good. Water every few days.

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By Frugal-Lady (Guest Post)
August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks Nancy. they are beautiful and grow so high. Had seen them in flower/plant shops but not able to afford them. Think here in Maine need little care also

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By Frugal-Lady (Guest Post)
August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks Nancy, they are beautiful and grow so high, thought they were weeds at first. have no idea how long they had been growing due to mowing, weedwacking; even have them among the tree roots.


Seems here in Maine they need little care also, but seem to like water on occasion. Did try to feed and bottom leaves turned yellowish brown. What can I do to fix this? Have tried to wash the excess food away by over watering when done.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Annette - Shasta daisies need very little fertilizer. I just add compost around my flower beds once every year or two and they love it. There is nothing much you can do once the leaves turn yellowish brown. Watering them was good, but hopefully that is all the damage the fertilizer did. May I ask what you used? Organic fertilizers will not "burn" your plants, so you may want to concider changing your fertilizer.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Up here in Canada they are most definitely a weed. Many of my family are farmers and and hate shasta daisies which are not only insidious but remarkably hardy. They're difficult to get rid of! The point of my comments? If farmers up here try everything to kill the things (herbicides, plowing them under) and the damnable things continue to thrive? They just can't be at all difficult to raise.


Rose Anne

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

We got a few Shasta daisies a few years ago because my daughter loves them. We basically stuck the mail-order roots in the ground (turned-over garden soil) and ignored them. They stay green through the winter (in the mountains at 41 degrees latitude--not warm!), and spring up to 5 feet tall in the summer. They've gotten so big we're moving them out of the garden, to a part of the yard we'd otherwise think appropriate for shrubbery. We get lots of compliments on them from our neighbors, and my daughter (age 14) absolutely delights in them. But as far as care ... when the flowers fade and the stalks start to look old, we snip them off almost to ground level to make room for new ones to replace them. That's it. Really.

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August 10, 20070 found this helpful

Went out this morning and measured the daisy's. The flowers are 1/4 " dozens of them .it has 5 shoots up from the root at 1-1/2" must be 4' as I'm 5'2 and they are above my shoulder.


They do not stink as have been told. Is this a Shasta? Picked some dried ones to plant in peat box. Thanks for all the advise/help appreciate it.

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By Annette (Guest Post)
August 12, 20070 found this helpful

To Adina 72 I used "Schultz Starter Plus root stimulator solution". Picked the brown leaves off and now they are looking good. Think will will avoid fertilizing them next year. Seems like they are sensitive . and yet the soil is very hard Thanks for help/advise

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By Mythi (Guest Post)
August 14, 20070 found this helpful

Shasta daisy's are easy to grow and will spread so make sure you have them somewhere where you have lots of space. If not, you might want to transplant them this fall. You can give them some Miracle Gro once in a while to keep them blooming and looking nice.

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
August 19, 20070 found this helpful

I ignore my Shasta daisies. I dont water or fertilize them, but I guess that wouldnt hurt.


(lol) If you cut off the spent blossoms, they rebloom!!

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August 27, 20070 found this helpful

I also have problems with Shasta Daisies. When I bought and planted them they each had 4 or 5 flowers on them. I amended the soil, water them regularly, removed the spent blooms, and have given them miracle grow once since then. The plants look very healthy, but they have not bloomed again, and have not grown in size all summer. Any ideas?

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