Most daisies are perennial flowering plants, but, because of the year-round warmth in central and southern Florida they are grown as annuals. The flower may not do well at all in the extreme southern part of the state. The most commonly grown daisy in the U.S. is the Shasta daisy, which is uniquely American and a hybrid produced by Luther Burbank. Hardy and durable, the cut flowers can last for up to a week or more. In most parts of the country daisies don't bloom their first year. However, some gardeners in northwest Florida have had better luck. Hardy to USDA Zones 5b through 9a.
Choose an area of the garden that will get partial shade. Usually daisies are grown in full sun, but in Florida, especially in Zones 8 and 9, it's best to give them a bit of shade during the hottest part of the day.
Prepare the planting area by digging into the soil 6 to 8 inches, turning it with your gardening fork and removing any rocks or other debris.
Add a 2-inch layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of well-rotted manure and mix it in well with the existing soil. If you are located in northwest Florida and have somewhat acidic soil, you may need to add a small amount of lime, along with the other amendments, to the soil. Water the area well and allow it to drain.
Plant the daisy seeds so that they will grow in clumps. Push them into the soil about 1/2 inch. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
Water the daisy, once established, only during dry periods. Fertilize, with a general, all-purpose fertilizer, every two to three weeks for the first season.
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