Adored for their simple beauty and variety of different colors, the daisy flower is a common addition to both gardens and floral arrangements. Generally seen in whites or light pinks, the daisy is symbolic of innocent youth and unspoiled beauty. Because they are strong perennials, they are quite easily planted and grow almost anywhere. A few key components to their habit or environment can lead to a more bountiful flourish.
Lots of Sunlight
Daisy flowers crave full sunlight and need an adequate amount to survive. When planting, pick the area conducive to this requirement. However, avoid an area that might get too hot during summer, as a high temperature will result in a wilting daisy flower. Should this be the case, offer your blooms a bit of shade as a respite from the heat and increase their watering schedule.
The daisy prefers a soil pH between 6.1 and 7.5, which falls around neutral if not a bit on the alkaline side. To ensure that your soil is the right pH level, buy a kit to test the soil at any garden supply store, or make your own test by adding a pinch of baking soda to 1 tbsp. of soil. If the result yields a fizzing, the soil is too acidic for daisy plants and has a pH lower than 5. Additionally, make sure that the soil is properly irrigated and allowed to drain well. Should you notice that your daisy plants are being pestered by mildew, fungal diseases or bugs, apply to the flowers and stems a combination of 4 cups of warm water, 1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap, and 1 tbsp. baking soda. Mix this solution and add it to a spray bottle, then mist on every surface of the plants to kill any of these conditions.
Room to Spread
Daisy plants spread quickly. To ensure that your daisy plants do not crowd each other, allow 9 to 12 inches between plants when planting. Daisies need fertilizer for additional organic nutrients. To encourage your daisy flowers to produce the most vivid and lustrous flowers, use fertilizer that has a lot of phosphorous.