The Q&A Archives: Shasta Daisy

Question: My shasta daisies only bloom once. They don't seem to respond to dead-heading and rather than just turn brown and dry, then die, they get an awful brown "rot" about the flower. Is this normal? They are in beds facing south - full sun, ample water and drainage.

Answer: Your description is typical of Shasta daisy. It's the nature of the plant to send out only one flush of blossoms, regardless of deadheading. I prune the flowers off when they start to look wilted and before they start to decompose. Just to keep your garden neat, you should trim yours, too. While you're out there, cut a few new flowers to bring indoors. It makes the trip to the garden worthwhile!

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