The Shasta daisy is considered by many gardeners to be the best kind of daisy. It resembles the common meadow daisy, but blooms larger and in more abundance. Plus, it’s very easy to care for and grows contained, meaning it won’t take over your garden. It’s actually a hybrid plant created from 3 species in 1890 by Luther Burbank, a famous breeder who was looking to create the perfect white daisy. It gets its name from the city (Mt. Shasta, California) where it originated.
The flowers grow on tall stems, anywhere from 1 to 3 feet high, and have no leaves. They’re made up of several white petals around a bright, yellow center. Shastas will bloom in early spring and last until fall. They are great perennials, and if cared for, will last many years.
Planting Your Shasta Daisy:
Shasta flowers require full sun, so choose an area that’s not blocked by trees or shrubs. These flowers should be planted in well-drained soil that is fertile, but not too rich. Shastas are non-invasive, but plants should be spaced 1 to 2 feet apart to allow room to grow. Loosen the soil 12 to 15 inches, then mix it with 2 to 4 inches of compost. The hole dug should be twice the diameter of the pot the plant comes in. The clump of roots should be level with the surface of the soil. After the plant is in place, fill in soil around the root ball and carefully firm the soil. Then just water the area well and you’re all set.
Caring for Your Shasta Daisy:
To care for your Shastas, add a thin layer of compost each spring, and top it off with about 2 inches of mulch. This will keep the plant moisturized and control weeds. You should water weekly, unless you’re getting a rainfall of at least an inch that week.
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