Daisy is a common name for various plants in the Asteraceae family that are known for their colourful and cheerful flowers. The most popular type of daisy is the common daisy (Bellis perennis), which has small white or pink flowers with a yellow centre. Daisies are herbaceous perennials that grow low to the ground, with thin, branching stems and simple, toothed leaves. They are often used as ornamental plants in gardens, and their flowers are commonly used in floral arrangements. Daisies are also sometimes used in traditional medicine and have been studied for their potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
How to Grow Daisy Organically
- Choose the right time: Daisies are typically planted in the spring, after the last frost date in your area.
- Select a location: Daisies prefer full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. They can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy or clay soils.
- Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches and remove any rocks or debris. Add compost or aged manure to the soil to improve soil fertility and drainage.
- Plant the seeds or seedlings: Daisies can be grown from seeds or small plants. Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 12-18 inches apart. If planting seedlings, space them about 12-18 inches apart.
- Water the plants: Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather.
- Fertilize the plants: Daisies do not need a lot of fertilizer. You can add a light application of balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, once or twice during the growing season.
- Control pests and diseases: Daisies are generally pest and disease-free, but they can attract aphids and spider mites. Use organic methods like neem oil or insecticidal soap to control pests.
- Deadhead the flowers: Deadheading is the process of removing spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Pinch off the spent flowers at their base to promote new growth.
- Divide the plants: Daisies can become overcrowded over time. Divide the plants every few years to maintain their health and vigor.
Following these steps will help you grow beautiful, colourful daisies in your garden. Daisies are often used in floral arrangements and can also attract pollinators to your garden.