From One to Many

Propagating Shasta Daisies

      Summer is advancing rapidly, and I have still not written a single post on gardening. Currently Shasta Daisies are blooming profusely (see below) and they deserve to be blogged about. So let me tell you their story from one to many.

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      About ten years back I bought and planted a bare root of SD. Over two years it developed about five shoots and then ten. Being in a remote corner of a large garden, I never bothered to divide it. Two years back the 10 shoots were separated manually and replanted in a row. From 10 they became 60 in one season. I again thinned them out, so 60 became 120. Now there are over 150 saplings and I have transplanted them into many zones of my garden. They look like smiling children and bring squirts of  joy and delight wherever they bloom.

      So here is the recipe for their propagation. The golden rule for propagating any perennial is if it blooms in Spring then divide in Fall. If it blooms in late Summer or second half of Summer, then divide in Spring. So SD are best divided in Spring when the new shoots appear and are about 2 inches in height. Loosen the soil around the shoots with a trowel or gloved hands. Water it gently. After about ten minutes when the water is fully absorbed by the soil, dig deeper next to the shoot/s that need to be separated. When the roots are visible gently pull out the shoot/s along with their roots while leaving the parent plant intact in ground. Then dig a hole (deep enough to accommodate the roots nicely) for each separated shoot in a different zone. Fill the hole with water and immerse the roots into this well. Cover with soil by gently dabbing it at base and leaving the shoot over the ground. The shoots will grow fast and bear blooms in the same year. In the next year each shoot will produce 4-5 saplings. Again thin them out and keep multiplying. Happy gardening!

Ratna

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– William Kent

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