A Guide to Planting and Caring for Daisies

Daisies can add instant color and beauty to your garden.

Just like each month is represented by a gemstone, each month also has a birth flower. Daisies are the April birth flower, and to celebrate people who were born in this month, we often plant daisies in the yard or garden. While many of us are familiar with common daisies with their white petals and yellow core, these flowers can be found in a wide range of colors. Thinking of planting some daisies in your yard? Let me answer a few questions for you to help you learn more about them.

How many different species of daisies are there?

There are more than 20,000 species of flowers in the daisy family. The most common types of daisies include purple coneflowers, gerbera daisies, Shasta daisies, gloriosa daisies, and marguerite daisies.

What colors do daisies come in?

Depending on the species of daisy, you can find the flower in a range of vibrant colors. For example, gerbera daisies may have petals that are bright yellow, pink, orange, or red. The center is also not always yellow: Sometimes, it can be pinkish in color.

How much should you water daisies?

Daisies require approximately 1 to 2 inches of water a week during the summer and about 1 to 2 inches every other week during the spring and fall. In dry winter conditions, the flowers need just 1 to 2 inches of water every other month.

How much sun do daisies need?

Daisies generally need as much sunlight as you can give them. Many species require a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight per day during the warmer seasons. In very hot or dry climates, daisies can benefit from light shade in the afternoon.

Are you supposed to deadhead daisies?

Deadheading daisies can improve their appearance and inhibit seed production to promote new growth. By deadheading your daisies on a regular basis, you can extend the flowering season.

What is the symbolism of a daisy?

Daisies often symbolize purity and innocence. This meaning is based on an old Celtic legend that said that whenever an infant passed away, the child’s spirit would sprinkle daisies over the earth to cheer up their parents.

What is the best season for daisies?

Daisies generally bloom in late spring and summer. The flowers will usually go to seed in mid-to-late summer. In hot climates with humid summers, daisies grow best in the shade. In areas with a cooler climate, full sun or partial shade is best.

Do daisies come back every year?

Annual plants have a life cycle of just one year, but daisies, which are a perennial, come back year after year from roots that go dormant in the soil in the winter.

Where does the name “daisy” come from?

The popular flower name is believed to come from the Old English words “daeges eage,” which translates to “day’s eye,” because the flower opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

How do I keep daisies from falling over?

Daisies may fall over during periods of heavy rain. It can be beneficial to stake top-heavy flowers with a peony ring or tomato cage to encourage the stems to grow upright.

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