There are many varieties of daisies. However, the Shasta daisy is the image that usually comes to mind, with bright yellow centers and pristine white petals, when the daisy plant is mentioned. This perennial grows up to 3 feet high with a large bloom. The sun-loving daisy is fairly drought resistant, but will perform to its highest abilities when the soil is frequently watered, about once a week.
Prepare the soil. With your shovel, dig to a depth of 1 foot in the flower bed. Turn over each shovel-full and remove any debris, such as twigs, stones, roots, weeds or litter. Break up the soil, eliminating any dirt clods.
Place about 2 inches of compost over the top of the worked soil. Use your shovel and rake to mix the compost in. Rake the flower bed even.
Wait until the last hard frost of the winter season has passed before planting your daisy seeds. Use a pencil or your finger to make a seeding hole in the soil to a depth of about 1/8 inch. Space the seeds about a foot apart. Cover the seeded holes with soil.
Sprinkle water gently over the newly planted seeds. The seeds must be kept moist in order to germinate. So, when the top soil begins to dry, sprinkle the seeds again. Be careful not to disturb the seeds with a strong, hard sprinkle. Shasta daisy seeds will germinate in 10 to 20 days.
Feed the daisy seedlings when they have reached 3 to 5 inches tall with an all-purpose fertilizer. Feed them again when the flower buds begin to develop with a high-phosphorus fertilizer. Phosphorus encourages large, healthy flowers.