How to Prune Daisy Plants
Fields of wild daisies dot the countryside across much of rural America, where little girls still pluck petals to the sing-song rhyme of "He loves me. He loves me not." These daisies thrive with no care from human hands. However, cultivated daisies like a little tender loving care on occasion. With adequate water, a dash of fertilizer in spring, regular divisions and light pruning, your daisies will bloom for years.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- Sharp knife
- Gardening shears
- Prune off old flowers as soon as they begin to fade. This process, called deadheading, prevents the flowers from going to seed and channels energy into producing more blooms.
- Cut the stem of the daisy bloom back to the next set of buds with a sharp knife or pair of garden clippers. Typically, daisies bloom atop long, slender stems and a set of new buds appear on lateral shoots 4 to 6 inches below the main bloom.
- Shear daisies back by 1/3 to 1/2 after the blooming cycle is complete to force a new flush of blooms. The second set of blooms may not be as abundant as the first, but it will extend blooming.
- Prune daisy foliage to ground level in the fall once it has been killed by a hard frost.
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