DAISY

DAISY

The Leucanthemum vulgare daisy is a very common plant that belongs to the Asteraceae (composite) family. It grows in meadows and gardens and calls to mind the traditional game of “he loves me, he loves me not” that is played by pulling off its petals. The varieties that are now on sale as both seasonal and perennial vase plants derive from the genetic improvement of the native species. There are numerous garden and balcony varieties, all of which are hardy and flower for a long period, from June to late October. The vase plants now on sale form low, compact shrubs from which arise flower stems that bear the typical flower heads. Daisies are generally hardy species that adapt well in full sun and in part-shade. They are resistant to heat and to harsh conditions with temperatures nearing 0°C. Potting compost can be made up of 60% peat and organic compost or soil and 40% inert material so that the substratum is soft and the excess water may drain easily. Daisies must be watered frequently even though they are resistant to temporary lack of water. They must be fed every 20 days with complex soluble fertilizers dissolved in the irrigation water. Daisies are generally resistant to disease even though they may be attacked by aphids, butterflies, or fungi such as powdery mildew (oidium).

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