|After watching in vain for three years, my Shasta Daisies are finally blooming and looking great. The problem is the plants grew to a height of 4' to 5' tall and are now bent in half and falling over. While they are still blooming some it is not as much as it was a couple of weeks ago. They have never gotten this large before nor have they ever bloomed so I don't know if this is something natural and it is simply time to cut them back or if I have a problem that I am not addressing. Would you please let me know what I should do?
|Answer from NGA
July 18, 1999
|This does sound like unusually large plants, possibly attributed to the variety you have grown, the amount of water they have received and the soil fertility levels or a combination of those. These plants do however tend to flop open when they bloom so many gardeners stake them or prop them up (usually when the plants are about half their final height) to prevent it from happening. As the blooms fade you should deadhead them (remove them) to encourage the plant to continue blooming rather than set seed, and once the flush is over you should trim the plant back hard. Then fertilize it and keep an eye on the watering. With luck you will have another good flush of bloom later this season.
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