The Q&A Archives: Marguerite Daisies and Brachycome

Question: I planted Marguerite Daisies, and Brachycome in pots along my driveway. They get some filtered morning sun and more direct sun in the late afternoon. How long do these bloom and do I need to cut the whole plant back after blooming? I have tried to dead-head the Margarite Daisies to encourage new blooms, but there are so many flowers that this is nearly impossible. It hasn't seemed to make much difference anyway. There are no more blooms on the Marguerites and very few left on the Brachycomes.

Answer: Deadheading not only makes a plant more attractive, it encourages new growth and additional blossoms. As tedious as it can be, your plants will reward your efforts. Both Marguerite and Brachycome should provide blooms continuously from spring through summer, whether or not the spent blooms are removed. Perhaps your plants aren't getting the amount of direct sunlight they require. Try moving one of the pots to a spot that gets full sunshine all day to see if there's a difference in the number of blooms it produces, compared to the other plants. In the meantime, feed your plants every two weeks with a diluted liquid fertilizer, and cut the spent blooms from them to encourage additional growth.

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