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How to Prune Daisy Plants


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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.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Sharp knife
  • Gardening shears
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Prune daisy foliage to ground level in the fall once it has been killed by a hard frost.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mulch daisies with a 3- to 4-inch layer of leaves or hay to protect the roots from winter injury. Remove in the spring as soon as new growth appears.

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