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May 30, 2023
Plant of the Week: Shasta Daisy
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Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) belong to the Asteraceae family, a large and diverse group of flowering plants. Developed by horticulturist Luther Burbank in the late 19th century, these daisies are a result of careful breeding, combining the oxeye daisy, English field daisy, and Portuguese field daisy. The name "Shasta" pays homage to the majestic Mount Shasta in California, where Burbank conducted his remarkable experiments.
Well-known for their stunning white petals and sunny yellow centers, what appears to be a single flower is actually a composite of numerous tiny flowers. Each "petal" is an individual ray flower, while the vibrant center consists of multiple disc flowers, creating a visually striking bloom that attracts bees and butterflies!
Members of the Asteraceae family, these hardy perennials were developed by horticulturist Luther Burbank in the late 19th century. These daisies are a result of careful breeding, combining the oxeye daisy, English field daisy, and Portuguese field daisy. The name "Shasta" pays homage to the majestic Mount Shasta in California, where Burbank conducted his remarkable experiments. Shasta Daisies are relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal watering once established (though they will appreciate a good soak during prolonged dry spells). These daisies are also known for their resistance to pests and diseases.
Shasta Daisies are versatile performers, capable of shining in various garden settings. They thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade, making them adaptable to different areas of your landscape. Their compact and clumping growth habit makes them suitable for borders, rock gardens, or even containers. Additionally, Shasta Daisies make wonderful cut flowers, bringing their cheerful charm indoors to brighten up any room.
SHASTA DAISY CARE
Fertilizing: Shasta Daisies are not heavy feeders, but a light application of balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring can promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the appropriate amount to use. Avoid excessive fertilization, as this can result in leggy growth and fewer flowers.
Deadheading: To encourage continuous blooming, deadhead your Shasta Daisies regularly. This involves removing the spent flowers by cutting the stem just above a set of leaves or lateral bud. Deadheading prevents the plant from diverting energy into seed production and encourages the production of new buds, resulting in a prolonged flowering period.
Division and Maintenance: Every 2-3 years, consider dividing your Shasta Daisies to maintain their vigor and prevent overcrowding. The best time to divide them is in early spring or early fall. Dig up the clump and gently separate it into smaller sections, ensuring each division has roots and foliage. Replant the divisions at the appropriate spacing, water them thoroughly, and continue with regular care.
Pest and Disease Control: Shasta Daisies are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but occasional issues may arise. Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids or leafhoppers. If infestations occur, you can wash them off with a strong jet of water or use organic insecticidal soap if necessary. Provide adequate spacing between plants to promote airflow and reduce the risk of fungal diseases. If fungal infections like powdery mildew appear, treat them with an appropriate fungicide or remove and destroy affected plant parts.