Daisies are a virtually carefree plant in the home garden, requiring minimal care. These delicate flowers look lovely in a flower bed, as border plants or planted under a tree. Blooming in early summer through the fall, daisies have dark green foliage that serves as a backdrop for the delicate white petals surrounding yellow centers and grow anywhere from 10 inches to 3 feet high, depending on the variety of daisy. Daisies make wonderful cut flowers also and are hardy enough to come back every year.
Grow daisies in a sunny location that receives full sun most of the day. Some partial shade may be needed in areas with extremely hot summers. Amend the soil before planting with peat moss or compost to ensure a well-draining soil.
Water daisies on a regular basis, every other day, so they never completely dry out. In hot summer months it may be necessary to water every day to keep the flowers from wilting. Use a soaker hose or a dripping garden hose to water deeply and avoid getting the foliage wet.
Fertilize these heavy feeders once a month beginning in the spring with a slow-release granular food such as 10-10-10. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of general purpose fertilizer around the base of each plant and water it in well.
Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic material or mulch around the daisies to help prevent evaporation of moisture, control weeds and keep the foliage from being splashed when watered or when it rains. Mulch also improves the soil as it decomposes. Use organic wood chips, shredded bark or chopped leaves.
Pinch back tips of the stems as new growth appears to help create a bushy daisy plant, and cut off dead flowers throughout the growing season to encourage abundant flowers. After the plant is done blooming for the season, in late fall, cut back the dead stems to the ground and put a 1-inch layer of mulch over the plants to protect against temperature fluctuations during the winter.