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Name: Jen Webster
Owasso, OK (Zone 6b)
JenWeb
Jul 16, 2016 9:12 AM CST
My Shasta daisies have fallen over. I've read that I should cut them back to 6-8 inches. If I do this, will they still bloom? I'm in Oklahoma and it's mid-July.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 16, 2016 9:17 AM CST
You can place a wire "cage" around them to prop them back up, but that's about the only thing that will save the flowering. Cutting them back will destroy all the flowering for this year.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 16, 2016 9:41 AM CST
Welcome! yes, they should bloom again if you cut them back but most likely not profusely. When the weather is cooler can you move them to somewhere away from the wall? If you can do that they'll be less likely to flop. Maybe also divide them into smaller pieces.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 16, 2016 10:49 AM CST
It would help, @JenWeb, if you would go into your "Profile" and add your location. City and state are most helpful but even your USDA zone would work.

I can assure you, here in Mississippi, the Shasta will not re-bloom this summer if you cut them back. It is perhaps the heat plus the extremely high humidity, but I really don't know. I have cut many of mine back in mid-summer because they were falling over onto azaleas, and they neither re-bloom nor have a chance to even put on much new growth before the first frost hits.
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Name: Jen Webster
Owasso, OK (Zone 6b)
JenWeb
Aug 2, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Thank you sooby and drdawg. I am in Zone 6b. This is the first summer they have fallen over. I have another cluster on the other side of the bed that are still standing straight. I read somewhere that it was the result of too much fertilizer and the soil is rich enough without it. Is there any truth to that? It seems like if that was the case, both clusters would have fallen. I've decided to cut them back and see what happens. I'm new at this, so thank you very much for your help.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 2, 2016 8:55 AM CST
I just don't know, Jen. As you say, it doesn't make much sense that one clump falls over the the other doesn't. Is one clump, the upright clump, getting more direct sun than the other? Does one clump get more water for some reason? Without adequate water in this hot time of year will result in them "wilting" and falling over. That's really my only guesses. As I said, my shastas are so thick and so lush, they fall over all the time. For me at least, that's just their nature.
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drice
Aug 2, 2016 5:05 PM CST
My shasta daisies have a lot of buds but they won't bloom. Some buds are turning black. It is August now and still non flowers.
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drdawg
Aug 2, 2016 8:19 PM CST
Welcome,@drice. It would be helpful if you went into your "profile" and posted your location.

Your Shasta flowers look nothing like mine. All my blooms are on 1-2' stalks. My only guess is that you have given this plant far too much nitrogen fertilizer, and it has gone into "green" growth rather than "flowering" growth. I don't really know since I have never seen what you show.
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drice
Aug 3, 2016 2:14 PM CST
Thank you drdawg. I put Miracle-Gro on them back in the spring and nothing else. I think I may try using some bone meal and see what happens. I will let you know.
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drdawg
Aug 3, 2016 2:27 PM CST
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