How to Grow a Shasta Daisy

Overview

The Shasta daisy is a popular, perennial member of the Asteraceae family, originating in Europe. The stark white petals and bold gold centers and dark, glossy foliage add appeal to gardens, borders and cut-flower arrangements. Shasta daisies thrive in locations that offer full sunlight and well-draining soil. Growing up to 3 feet in height with a 2-foot spread, Shasta daisies develop dense colonies once established. Shasta daisies are readily grown from seed, stem cuttings or clump division, providing year after year of beauty to any setting.

Step 1

Work soil at the planting site to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, using a garden tiller or pitchfork.

Step 2

Add 2 to 4 inches of organic compost, and combine it thoroughly with the tilled soil.

Step 3

Sow Shasta daisy seeds 1/8 inch deep, spaced 3 to 4 inches apart and cover lightly with soil.

Step 4

Water planting location lightly to set daisy seeds, then keep soil moist until seeds sprout. Germination typically takes 10 to 14 days.

Step 5

Thin seedlings out when sprouts are 3 inches tall. Gently pull up smaller, weaker sprouts with your fingers, leaving 8 to 12 inches between plants.

Step 6

Apply a thin layer of organic compost, followed by 2 inches of mulch once seedlings are established.

Step 7

Water daisies with 1 inch of water per week throughout the growing season.

Step 8

Cut stems back to 1 inch above the soil line after the first frost of the season.

Things You'll Need

  • Shasta daisy seeds
  • Garden Tiller or pitchfork
  • Organic compost
  • Water
  • Mulch

References

  • Doug Green's Gardening Tips-Perennials: Shasta Daisies are Easy to Grow
  • NGA Garden Shop: Shasta Daisy Planting Guide
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service: Shasta Daisy

Who Can Help

  • Millington Seed Co.: Shasta Daisy Seeds
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About this Author

Deborah Waltenburg has been a freelance writer since 2002. In addition to her work for Demand Studios, Waltenburg has written for websites such as Freelance Writerville and Constant Content, and has worked as a ghostwriter for travel/tourism websites and numerous financial/debt reduction blogs.