The lawn daisy is an easy plant, quite cute, that offers abundant blooming in spring.
Lawn daisy key facts
Name – Bellis perennis
Family – Asteraceae
Type – perennial
Height – 3 to 6 inches (10 to 20 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary, rather light
Flowering: May to October
Here are our tips on caring for this plant from planting to blooming.
Sowing lawn daisy
Sowing lawn daisy from seed is the easiest and fastest method to propagate your flowers.
Sowing dates are in in spring, towards May-June, and the seedlings will be transferred to the ground in fall.
- Broadcast seeds in a tray filled with special seedling soil mix.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of the same soil mix.
- Put the seedlings near light, but not in direct sunlight, and ensure the substrate stays moist.
- When sprouts have formed a few leaves, transplant to nursery pots.
- Remember to keep watering regularly.
- Transplant to the ground in fall and they’ll bloom in the following spring.
Planting lawn daisy
If you’ve purchased your daisies in a horticulture store, you may plant it indifferently either in spring or fall.
In summer, planting of your lawn daisies can still be proceeded to, but take care to water more regularly.
Locate a nice sunny spot to plant your lawn daisy, it can really support the blooming.
- Just like aster, ordinary soil mixed with a bit of soil mix is perfect.
- Avoid compact and heavy soils that would retain water instead of releasing it to the plant.
- To nicely cover a surface, plant around 8 or 9 flowers to a square yard (1 m²).
Caring for your lawn daisy
Very easy to grow, a lawn daisy only needs very little care.
There are no known diseases or parasites, or even insects that would tend to weaken it.
Trimming a common daisy
In spring, remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading) to stimulate the blooming.
This step aims at snipping all flower-bearing stems down from the crown head to stimulate lawn daisy growth while promoting the next flowering.
Watering lawn daisy
During planting, water when the soil has dried to help the root system get set up.
After that, there’s no need to water except in case of prolonged dry spells or heat waves.
Note that water needs of lawn daisy when grown potted or in garden boxes are much higher, so you’ll have to water regularly.
All there is to know about the lawn daisy
A plant for flower beds, edges or rocky land, the lawn daisy is spectacular in spring and summer thanks to its generous blooming which constantly renews itself.
The fruits that daisies beget are particularly attractive to insects who follow the scent it releases.
Like many herbaceous flowers, and other Asteraceae plants, a lawn daisy will close up at night and open up again at dawn.
This flower is known to grow in lawns, and since it’s so small, many will pop up unscathed after the lawn mower has subsided.
Lastly, note that the flower similar to the daisy that grows along stone walls, or sometimes between two rocks, called erigeron. It isn’t part of the same family. Another name for Erigeron is fleabane.
Smart tip about the lawn daisy
In order to trigger appearance of new flowers, remove wilted flowers regularly.
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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Towering lawn daisies by Steve under © CC BY 2.0
Lawn daisy buds by Tom under Pixabay license
Clump of lawn daisy (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work