A white daisy.
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The daisy, a perennial flower, is a springtime bloom that is easily recognizable by its round flower heads of many petals and large, circular center. Often white and yellow, there are varieties of daisies in many other colors too. Daisies are often grown in the garden, but are equally as successful as an indoor potted plant. Use them as centerpieces, to dress up mantles, or place them near a bright window for added color in the room. They require minimal care to be successful.
Choose a pot with drainage holes in the bottom and a drip tray. Pick an 8" to 10" pot for most daisy varieties.
Fill pot with a rich premixed potting soil, or make your own by mixing one part compost, one part peat moss, and one part perlite. Fill the pot to within 2" of the rim.
Sow seeds on the surface of the soil then sprinkle vermiculite on the seeds just to cover. Sprinkle approximately 10 seeds evenly on the surface of an 8" pot.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Cover the pot with plastic wrap and place in a warm area to germinate, which will take approximately 7 to 14 days.
Remove the plastic and place the pot in a warm and sunny window after germination. Keep the soil moist at all times.
Apply a liquid fertilizer at half strength three weeks after germination. Fertilize once monthly with the same solution thereafter.
Remove dead leaves and flower stalks as necessary throughout the growing period. Allow leaves to die off naturally after the plant finishes blooming.