Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dead Head Shasta Daisy to Encourage More Flowers

If your Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) are spent with wilting brown blooms, you can encourage re-blooming by removing the 'dead' flowers, also known as deadheading. You can go ahead and cut off the old flowers and it will encourage new ones to grow for a longer blooming period in the summer.

old brown daisy flowers
Cut them off as soon as they look bad - it's a judgement call and it's up to you just how spent they should be

If you see new buds forming, you want to cut above those to keep them. If you don't see any new buds, you can cut right above the top leaf (I go right above the top 'full' leaf and remove those tiny baby leaves right next to the flower).

where to cut old daisy flowers
I cut above the first big leaf and remove those puny tiny leaves closest to the flower. If you see buds, always cut above the new buds

remove dead daisy flowers
You are the weakest link, goodbye!

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