Do Daisies Like Sun Or Shade?


Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) are some of the most beloved flowers around the world. Prized for their cheerful appearance, these perennials offer a multitude of petal configurations, ranging from classic white petals with yellow centers to double flowered varieties with pink or lavender petals.

These hardy flowering plants require little maintenance, making them ideal choices for beginner gardeners. In this article, we’ll explore the optimal planting conditions for this popular flower, as well as common propagation techniques, nutrient needs, and pruning tips. By following these guidelines you’ll be sure to have a successful crop of blooms all season long.

Sun Requirements

As sun loving plants, it’s important to provide adequate sunlight when planning a spot for your daisy patch or bed. Daisies prefer full sun conditions (6 or more hours a day) but can tolerate partial shade (4 to 6 hours).

When planted in full sun they will produce more flowers than when planted in partial shade. For best results try to find an area that receives direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. It’s also important to consider potential shade sources such as nearby trees or buildings when selecting a site.

Shade Requirements

While too much shade can prevent your daisy plants from blooming, some light shade can actually benefit them during hot summer months. Plants that are grown in partial shade will require less water as they won’t be exposed to as much evaporation from direct sunlight. However, if you notice any lackluster leaves or scanty blooms, it may indicate that too much shaded area is hindering growth and it would be best to move them into an area where they can receive more sun exposure.

Planting Guidelines

Planting guidelines will vary slightly depending on whether you’re starting from seed or purchasing plants from a nursery. If you choose to go with seeds you’ll need to soak them overnight before sowing directly into soil that has been amended with compost or peat moss (for optimal drainage). Seeds should be covered lightly with 1/4 inch of soil and kept moist until germination occurs (usually within 10 days). Root division can also be done by carefully digging up existing plants during early spring so that each section has 3 or 4 shoots attached before replanting. If purchasing ready made plants from a nursery it’s best to select healthy ones with lots of buds already present so that they have time enough time to take root before cold weather comes along.

Propagation Techniques

There are several propagation techniques available when growing daisies depending on your preference and budget: starting from seed, root division or purchasing ready made plants from a nursery are all viable options depending on what works best for you. Planting seeds requires patience as they take longer than division or purchased varieties but are usually cheaper than buying ready made plants at nurseries. Division is a quick way of getting multiple plants at once while purchasing ready made varieties gives you instant gratification but at higher prices than other methods. Regardless which method you choose make sure you follow appropriate planting guidelines including amendments for adequate drainage and providing an appropriate amount of sun exposure throughout the season.

Common Problems With Daisies

Just like any other variety of flowers, there are certain pests and diseases that can affect your daisy patch if not properly managed. Common pests include aphids and leafhoppers which can cause stunted growth, these should be dealt with immediately by either spraying them off with water or using insecticides according to directions on the package label. Diseases such as powdery mildew can also occur if humidity levels remain high over long periods, this should be addressed by spacing out your flowers so air circulates between them better while also avoiding excess watering which could further fuel mildew growth. Remember to always keep an eye out for signs of poor health such as wilted leaves or discolored spots so that you can take appropriate action quickly before it spreads across your entire patch.

Nutrient Needs For Daises

While these hardy flowering plants don’t demand excessive amounts of nutrients, regular fertilization will help keep them healthy. Use general purpose fertilizer every few weeks during active growth periods, reduce frequency during colder months. For extra nutrition, add composted manure around established beds every spring. This will help enrich soils, promote healthy growth, and ensure bountiful blooms all season long.

Pruning Daises

Pruning helps promote new growth, encourages bushiness, improves air circulation, remove deadhead spent blooms, encourages reblooming, prevents disease spread, reduces size without killing plant. In order to prune correctly it’s important to first identify which type of pruning technique works best based on desired outcome : deadheading spent blooms ( cutting off faded flowers ) encourages reblooming, thinning out overcrowded stems increases air circulation, heading back stems reduces overall size without killing plant, disbudding removes additional buds so remaining ones get bigger, rejuvenation pruning cuts entire bush back drastically but encourages heavy regrowth. When pruning start by removing any damaged, diseased, or dead stems followed by thinning out overcrowded areas then finish off with deadheading spent blooms. Always use sterilized tools such as pruners shears etc when performing any type pruning procedure.


As we’ve seen in this article if given proper care including adequate sunlight exposure, fertilization, pest management, proper planting techniques etc then growing healthy thriving daisy patches shouldn’t be difficult. Additionally understanding how different propagation methods work helps ensure success when starting new patches while appropriate pruning techniques ensures continued healthy growth throughout seasons. By following these simple yet effective guidelines you’ll be sure have beautiful blossoming beds all year round !

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