Overview of Florist’s Daisies
Florist’s daisies are a flowering species that have a unique and delicate beauty that make them popular with both flower enthusiasts and professional florists alike. These gorgeous flowers are native to parts of Mexico, Central America, and Columbia, and have a variety of common names: florists’ daisies, English daisies, summer daisies, and garden daisies. This species is a modification of the original Bellis perennis, which had single-petal blooms, while the florist’s daisy has two-petaled blossoms. The petals can come in a multitude of colors, from pale pinks to vibrant purples and blues, and the center of each flower can be a simple yellow or an additional array of colors. The flowers are fairly small and are usually about two centimeters in diameter.
General Care and Maintenance
Florist daisies are fairly easy to care for, making them a great option for both experienced and novice gardeners. These flowers prefer a sunny environment and require between four and eight hours of direct sunlight each day. In order to keep the soil moist, they need to be watered regularly but be careful not to over-water them. As long as they are planted in well-draining soil, they shouldn’t require too much additional attention. These daisies also prefer a soil pH of between five and seven, and if necessary can be supplemented with fertilizer, although it isn’t necessary.
One of the benefits of florist’s daisies is that they are quite easy to propagate. These flowers should start flowering within eight to twelve weeks of planting, and can be propagated either by taking stem cuttings or by dividing the clumps. If stem cuttings are used, they should be taken when the flowers are in full bloom, and it is important to make sure that there are several nodes on the stem. In order to divide the clumps, gently remove the soil around the base of the plants and then pull apart the clump and replant the individual pieces in separate containers or in the garden.
Pests, Diseases and Other Problems
Florist’s daisies are remarkably hardy and not susceptible to many diseases, although powdery mildew can be a problem in areas with warm and/or humid climates. In order to control it, fungicides can be used, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. These daisies are also rarely bothered by pests, although earwigs and slugs can eat the flowers and leaves. In order to control these pests, it is best to hand-pick them from the plant.
Uses of Florist’s Daisies
In addition to looking lovely in the garden, florist’s daisies have various uses. These little flowers are incredibly popular amongst florists, and are often used in bouquets and arrangements. Florist’s daisies also make a great addition to wildflower gardens and look stunning planted along pathways and steps. In addition to their aesthetic value, these flowers make a delicious addition to salads and can also be used in herbal teas.
Florist’s daisies make a wonderful addition to any garden and have so many exceptional uses. Whether they’re enjoyed in a bouquet, used as a herb, or simply admired in the garden, these flowers are sure to bring joy to anyone who grows them. With the proper care, florist’s daisies can provide years of blooms and beauty to any landscape.
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