shasta daisy care - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by stapleton4
July 27, 2010
Am I supposed to deadhead shasta daisies blooms, or leave them for the birds to enjoy?

Also, my coneflowers have started having leaves turn brown and the stalk dying. Are they prone to fungus, and if so what should I do?

Thank you,
Linda Stapleton

Answer from NGA
July 27, 2010
If you cut down the the spent flowers and stems your Shasta daisies will develop more flowers throughout the season. If you leave the spent flowers on the plant, the birds will enjoy the seeds. So, the decision is yours! Purple coneflowers can develop fungal diseases and root rot, which can cause sudden wilting. Without knowing what the problem might be I can only suggest you prune off the wilted stems to remove any fungal spores that might be on the stems. Good luck with your garden.

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