Daisies are available in both annual and perennial varieties. When properly harvested and stored, seeds from spent daisy heads can be planted successfully. Although most seeds keep for several years, "Saving Seeds," a publication by Washington State University indicates that seeds from Transvaal daisies are not as viable with extended storage and should be planted as soon as possible. Germination rates often depend on growing conditions and the seed quality at the time of harvest. Therefore, patience is the key when waiting for seedlings to emerge.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Find an area for your flowerbed that consists of rich, well-drained soil where daisies will receive full sun. Seed can be planted once the ground has warmed and the danger of frost has passed.
Condition the soil by adding organic potting soil, manure or compost medium to existing soil. Blend together with a hoe or rake until the additions have been well incorporated.
Sow seeds by hand directly in the flowerbed. If desired, sow in clusters to achieve a full, dramatic effect.
Using a garden rake, lightly move the rake through the seeds to bury them into the soil. Gently tap over the top of the soil with the flat side of a hoe to anchor seeds.
Water until garden soil is damp but not soaking wet. Each day provide a slight misting with the water hose in the early morning or late afternoon until seedlings emerge. Then provide more water in less frequent intervals until seedlings become well established. Seeds may take anywhere from two to eight weeks to germinate.
Fertilize plants using a general purpose fertilizer high in phosphorous, such as 5-10-5, every four to six weeks prior to blooming.
Water plants during dry periods in the early morning or late evening to reduce the evaporation rate.
Seeds can be started indoors six to eight weeks prior to the last frost, then transplanted outdoors when the ground has warmed and the risk of frost has passed.