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1 Gallon Chrysanthemum Maximum (Shasta Daisy)

$19.99

General Information:

- Common Name: Shasta Daisy

- Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum maximum (Leucanthemum × superbum) 'Mount Shasta'

- Family: Asteraceae

- Plant Type: Perennial

- Height: 2-3 feet

- Spread: 1-2 feet

- Bloom Time: Early summer to early fall

- Flower Color: White petals with yellow centers

Planting:

- Location: Choose a site with full sun for optimal growth and blooming.

- Soil: Well-draining soil is essential. Shasta daisies prefer slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.0).

Spacing: Plant 1-2 feet apart to allow for air circulation and growth.

Watering:

- Regular Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry spells. Aim for about 1 inch of water per week.

Avoid Overwatering: Ensure soil is well-draining to prevent root rot.

 

Fertilizing:

Initial Planting: Add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil before planting.

Ongoing Care: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to weak, leggy growth.

Pruning and Deadheading:

- Deadheading: Regularly remove spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding.

- Pruning: Cut back stems to basal foliage after flowering to promote a tidy appearance and new growth.

 Support

- Staking: Taller varieties may need staking to support the heavy blooms and prevent flopping.

 

Mulching:

Mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.

 

Winter Care:

- Cutting Back: After the first frost, cut back the foliage to a few inches above the ground.

- Mulching:*In colder climates, apply a thick layer of mulch to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

Pests and Diseases:

- Common Pests: Watch for aphids, slugs, and snails.

- Diseases: Be aware of potential issues like powdery mildew, leaf spot, and root rot. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to minimize disease risk.

 Propagation:

- Division: Every 2-3 years, divide the plants in early spring or fall to maintain vigor and manage size.

- Seeds: Shasta daisies can also be grown from seeds sown indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or directly in the garden after the last frost.

 Companion Plants:

- Good Companions: Pair with other sun-loving perennials such as lavender, coneflowers, and salvia.

- Avoid: Avoid planting with aggressive ground covers that may compete for nutrients and space.


By following these guidelines, your Chrysanthemum maximum 'Mount Shasta' daisies should thrive and provide beautiful blooms throughout the growing season.

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