How to Take Care of Daisy Flowers


Daisies come in a wide range of varieties, all with different plant heights, foliage textures and blossom colors. Gardeners love daisies for their generally low maintenance nature, using them as bedding plants, accent pieces and in wildflower gardens where they're allowed to reseed themselves. Several general management guidelines apply to all types of daisies and can help you maintain and cultivate a lush and colorful daisy flower collection.

Step 1

Select a gardening location. All daisies thrive in full sunlight and well-drained soil.

Step 2

Prepare the gardening area. Clear away any existing surface vegetation. Use a spade to breakup the soil to a minimum depth of 6 inches. Stir in 3 to 4 inches of aged compost to improve the condition of the soil and increase water retention.

Step 3

Sow the daisy seeds. Scatter the seeds across the soil surface at a rate of three to four seeds per square inch of soil. Rake the soil to very lightly cover the seeds. Daisy seeds require light to germinate, and burying them deeper in the soil will create poor germination rates.

Step 4

Water the garden area twice daily or as necessary to keep the soil surface moist. The daisy seeds will typically germinate within two to three weeks, depending on the variety. For example, Cornell University Extension says painted daisies germinate in as little as seven days, while Texas A&M University Extension lists the germination time for Shasta daisies as up to 30 days.

Step 5

Reduce watering once the seeds have germinated. Apply water to soak the soil to a depth of 6 inches, then resist watering until the first 2 inches of soil has dried to the touch.

Step 6

Pinch back the daisy plant once it reaches a height of 6 inches by plucking off the growing tip of the plant. This encourages a bushier appearance, according to Cornell University Extension.

Step 7

Fertilize the daisy plants two weeks after the seeds have germinated. Auburn University Extension recommends applying a 15-15-18 or 15-16-17 (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) fertilizer, spreading the fertilizer at the rate listed on its label since potency varies by product.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Aged compost
  • Daisy seeds
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • "Taylor's Guide to Annuals: How to Select and Grow More Than 400 Annuals;" Barbara Ellis; 2000
  • North Dakota State University Extension: Questions on Daisies
  • Cornell University Extension: Pyrethrum Daisy
  • Auburn University Extension: Gerbera Daisy Greenhouse Production
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Shasta Daisy
Keywords: daisy flower care, growing daisy flowers, managing daisy flowers

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