Growing Tips: Shasta Daisy (Oxeye Daisy)

Quick Reference:

Perennial, a plant that usually does not flower until the second season and lives and flowers for multiple seasons thereafter. Germinates in approximately 10 to 14 days at an optimum soil temperature of 60-65 degrees F. DO NOT Cover seed, needs light to germinate. Seed spacing ¾ to 1 inch. Spacing in the garden, 14 to 20 inches. Plant height: 24 to 30 inches.

Where to plant:

Oxeye Daisy is a sub-species of Shasta Daisy and is very hardy, much hardier than the standard Shasta Daisy. An easy to grow perennial that likes full sun but will tolerate partial shade, prefers to be planted in a rich, moist, well-drained soil, grows well in most areas of Alaska. Can be invasive in warmer areas and is on the invasive species list in some states.

Growing Instructions:

In Alaska, Oxeye Daisy can be planted directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be prepared and has warmed in the spring. Cultivate the area where the seed is to be planted, smooth the soil surface, enrich with plant food, lightly sprinkle seed on the soil surface, DO NOT COVER, seed needs light to germinate, water well for good seed-soil contact and keep moist until the seedlings emerge. For bloom the first year the seed may be started indoors, 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, in a container filled with sterilized potting soil. Sprinkle the seed on the soil surface, do not cover, cover container with clear plastic and keep moist until seedlings emerge, remove plastic as soon as the seedlings begin to sprout and apply a solution of liquid plant food every two weeks. Grow in full sun with cool night temperatures, 50 to 55 degrees F and transplant outdoors after the last frost, Shasta daisy transplants easily.

Care:

Keep well watered and feed with a complete plant food each spring before the plants begin to grow. Keep flowers picked to prolong blooming period.