Have you ever wondered how to divide Shasta daisies? Flowers like daisies are great plants that give colour to our dull UK surroundings.
Daisies, like other flowers, have their variation and particular planting techniques.
Some sprouts from seeds and others that grow to other plants’ stem. Others don’t even need soil as they only need water, sunlight, and air.
Daisies, however, have a particular method of planting and propagating. Dividing daisies is one of these techniques. So how does it work?
For the first time gardeners, let’s first introduce our flower—the Shasta daisy.
What Is A Shasta Daisy?
I’m sure you have heard of the word ‘daisy’ from anyone that grows flowers, right?
Well, did you know that daisies of various types of rejuvenating and stimulating growth for around a year in the UK and healthy blooming?
Shasta daisy is a type of daisy that lasts a year-round of evergreen foliage.
Learning how to grow them can provide a great low maintenance perennial plant perfect for covering your bare spots of your garden.
When you plant a Shasta daisy, make sure that the soil is fertile because it is necessary to complete your daisy bloom beautifully.
This type of flower has low maintenance so you won’t have a hard time tending to it every time.
Shasta daisies could be deadheaded, cut back at September, and divided.
But what we’re going to discuss is the dividing method of propagating Shasta daisies.
Dividing daisies is an excellent way of propagating them. Why?
It is because dividing is the fastest way to increase the numbers of this type of flower.
The division is also the quickest way to create a colony of Shasta daisies compared to the traditional seed –planting method.
When To Divide?
The best time in dividing perennials is during the autumn season. Autumn gives the flowering time to grow and collect energy for the blooming season.
During this season, the roots will start to establish their ground hold for the primary growing season.
It is also best to do the dividing under a cloudy sky. That means you should divide Shasta daisies on a cloudy day.
Where there is less stress for plants. For easier dividing, cut the spent stems six inches from the ground.
How To Divide?
Now comes our question. How to divide Shasta daisies?
Anything is easy and fast as long as you have all you need.
Dividing does not only include the tools you need but also the knowledge of the task at hand.
Step #1. Preparing the necessary tools
Prepare the necessary tools needed in planting. Preparation includes the plant itself and the planting spot.
Before you cut the plant’s stems, make sure you already have a planting spot for it.
Most daisies prefer full sunlight, Shasta daisies on the other hand prefer partial shade.
Dig 8 to 10 inches into the ground.
Mix some compost or an organic fertiliser for a better result.
Step #2. Preparing the plant
In the division process, cut the stems back 6 inches from the ground. It will be easier to handle with the branches cut.
Removal of the stems also lessens the moisture loss during this process.
When you divide the clump of daisies, you can use your hands only.
Pull them apart gently with your hands.
Usually, the outer part is best suited for division, and you can discard the centre part.
Once you’ve cut the stems, excavate the soil around the root zone of the plant carefully.
Dig under the roots and lift the entire plant. Then shake off the dirt but do it gently.
Step #3. Planting
Plant three to four stems of Shasta daisies in each hole.
Then add soil around the roots and pat it gently to discard air bubbles formed underneath it but make sure not to make it compact.
Do not plant it too deep as it may kill the plant instead.
Add water to the plant to help it soak and stay in the soil. Water your plants diligently.
You can also use mulch around the plant. You can use natural mulch like dry grass or barks, which conserve the moisture and helps to moderate the soil temperature.
When springtime comes, be ready to see your new buds bloom and beautify your garden.
Shasta daisies, as mentioned above, also has a particularly effective way of propagating, which UK experts call dividing.
Having read through this article, you now know how to divide Shasta daisies.
With all different kinds of plants in the UK comes other techniques and methods of planting.
It is a benefit if you know what to do and access all these techniques.
As the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss while knowledge is power.”
Knowing various things will not only benefit yourself but others that surround you also.