Daisies are simply well-known flowers that are both beautiful and cheerful, so most people have heard of them. Whilst they may be the most common flowers you come across, daisies are still a much loved flower in the World and are one of the most popular ones on the Planet.
The daisy flower is made up of white petals and a yellow center. Sometimes the daisy can become pink. However, there are many varieties of daisies; Tatarian Daisy, Painted Daisy, Paris daisy, Shasta Daisy, and Crown-Daisy are just a few varieties of the enormous range of daisies.
Read below to see what they mean, how they bloom and how to grow them.
Daisy Flowers - meaning, symbolism and legends
There are some meanings of Daisy flowers that last, that of purity and happiness. Some tales love using the flower as a representation of some heros and as a symbol of hope. Keep reading below to discover some of the most popular symbols and meanings or legends.
Symbolisms and meaning
The name of this flower literally means day’s eye. The reason the Anglo Saxons called them this is because daisies open when the day just begins and bloom at dawn. The daisy flower symbolizes purity and innocence. It can also signify a new start in life.
They were once the flower that used to represent childhood and that probably explains why daisies stand for innocence – the innocence of children. Children used to spend hours making daisy chains. What makes daisies stand apart from other flowers is that they are beautiful and yet they can grow under even the most terrible conditions.
Legends about Daisies
The legend of this flower says that it originates from a Dryad. A nymph caught the attention of the god of orchards, so she turned herself into a daisy to be able to escape him.
Another legend says that the daisy can help you know if someone loves you. The daisy is a simple flower, which is known everywhere as a means to guess someone’s love. This ritual began in ancient times and still remains today. It is practiced by plucking petal after petal while saying: “He loves me, he loves me not” after each.
This is claimed to help one predict the other’s love for them. No matter how fantastic it seems, this little game is popular everywhere, mostly among girls.
In medicine, it was considered that daisies could cure insanity when the patient drinks daisies soaked in wine. Nowadays it is used for other purposes as an extract.
Interesting and fun facts about daisies?
Daisies grow everywhere on Earth except Antarctica;
They are made up of two flowers: white petals and clusters of yellow disc petals;
Daisies signify purity;
can become serious weeds if you do not maintain them. That is because they can grow in any condition, no matter how bad it is;
Daisies are usually not bothered by insects and pests;
The leaves of daisies are edible and are high in vitamin C;
There are various medicinal properties in a daisy. It is known to ease coughs and indigestion;
Daisies come from the largest plant family in the world;
The petals of daisies can sometimes be red or pink;
Daisies bloom yearly;
Have been on Earth for more than 49 million years;
When do daisies bloom?
Daisies are one of the easiest flowers to grow. You certainly do not have to be an expert gardener to be able to plant and grow them. Most of the time, they are grown right from seeds and they can be directly planted into a flower bed. The best area to grow your daisies is in a sunny spot because they thrive on sunshine.
You must make sure before you begin to seed them that the soil in which they will be grown is well drained and rich. To do this you must add plenty of compost to the soil.
Although daisies thrive on sunshine, they should be watered regularly and shaded occasionally if the sun is particularly hot. When it comes to planting the seeds, you must make sure that they are planted approximately 11 inches apart.
In the first month after planting them it would be a good idea to add fertilizer. Make sure that your daisies are watered regularly when dry spells occur.
What time of year do they bloom?
Usually, daisies bloom in Spring when the temperature goes up. It is much different when it comes to every type of daisy, as different types of daisies bloom in different tymes and acquire different care.
How long do daisy blooms last?
Most of the time, daisy blooming lasts while the temperatures are high. So, having that in mind, most daisies and daisy-like flowers bloom up to one month, counting and their bloom lasts until Fall. Depending on all different species, all daisies have different blooming and living periods. If cut, all daisies stay fresh up to 10 days when taken care of in a vase and watered daily with fresh water.
Do daisies bloom all summer?
Daisies bloom while their usual period of deadheading has to begin. Most flower types grow all year around, but the blooming of Shasta daisies is all summer long. Other types have their individual blooming periods according to climate and care.
Insects, pests and diseases
Luckily, insects and other pests do not touch daisies most of the time. If they do happen to bother them, treat them with a fungicide to get rid of them. You should remember to add plenty of mulch around the daisies during the cold months to ensure they are well protected.
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Perennial daisies (Coming back every year)
There are daisies that come back every year and they are 3 main types of daisies. These are the Shasta daisy, Montauk and Marguerite daisies that bloom all year around and are known to be Perennial daisies. Read more about them below:
Shasta daisies are one of the most preferred daisies to look after in your garden. They do look a little like the Marguerites, but with wider, bigger petals.
They bloom every year and come back in Spring.
Shatsta daisy blooming
Shasta daisies like the SUN and should be planted and left blooming under the SUN for at least 6 hours a day the minimum. As most flowers, Shasta daisies also like well drained and nurtured, fertilized soil.
Shasta daisies usually bloom once a year, but they are perennials and do come back the next year.
Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum) are one of the other perennials that will bloom every year back.
They really look like the Shasta daisies, with the exception that Montauk daisies have sharper and thinner petals and cannot be confused with the Shasta or Marguerite daisies that look more alike.
Montauk daisy blooming
As every other daisy, they like full sun exposure and well drained, fertilized soil. Be careful with Montauks growing mounds that do more damage than help daisies and consume their soil vitamins and flower food.
They bloom every spring/summer time and die out prior winter. If living in a hot area you can water them more frequently.
Marguerite daisy (argyranthemum)
If you combine Montauk and Shasta into one you might visually get the Marguerite daisy. They have thinn, but round shaped, numerous petals.
They are the most popular daisies when someone talks about Marguerites.
Marguerite daisy blooming information
Marguerites bloom under a very natural environment and are easy to look after. When you plant the flower, you have to display them under full or partial sun. They, apart from the other perennial daisies, like a little cooler environment and can bloom both during spring or fall. They come in different colors.
You should be careful with overwatering them, as roots rot. If they rot, then your daisy will surely die.
Daisie are perennials, but they usually bloom two or three years in a row and then do not return blooming, but are considered perennials.
Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Most people, when wanting to get rid of daisies, have to fight with this species.
It is a wild growing perennial that typically grows in Europe, mostly in Turkey and other areas, which have 750 mm annual rainfall.
Oxeye daisy blooming information
This daisy is a wild blooming daisy that finds its way growing freely onto fields and lawns. It is very similar to the Shasta daisy, but this one grows wildly. It is an invasive species and is declared as a weed in the UK.
Gerbera daisies, in some areas, are grown as perennial flowers, even though many think they bloom only once.
They like the Sun and, if looking after them in a cooler climate, they will definitely love the Sun more.
Gerbera daisy blooming information
They should be planted in a flower bed or pot, as this is how florists recommend to start growing your Gerbera daisy. When it starts growing in 4 weeks and the flower grows roots in the ground is when you can try and re-pot the flower in the ground.
They bloom in summer through fall and should be covered with mulch to keep warmth and protect the bulbs and flowers from winter.
How to get daisies in your lawn?
The only way to get daisies in your lawn is to plant them. You should be careful with the ones you choose, hence planting wild daisies such as the Oxeye or the Bellis might result in them invading your garden.
To know which perennial daisies to plant in your lawn is a matter of knowledge. Choose one of the mentioned above, excluding the Oxeye or consult with a florist.
How to get rid of daisies?
Your options of getting rid of daisies from your lawn are:
Use weed killer products and substances;
Dig out the roots and weeds off the lawn or ground and throw them away;
Call a professional gardener;
In any case, whatever you choose as a method of getting rid of daisies is a common one that will help you get rid of the daisies. It is well advisable to combine weed killer products with digging out the roots.
Varieties of colored daisies
This type has been used since the early 18th century for predicting whether the one you love loves you back.
The white daisy is a symbol of simple beauty, freshness and modesty. They also convey the promise of keeping somebody’s secret.
These pretty daisies remind one of summer, joy and innocence.
The pink daisy is often used for bouquets and flower arrangements at summer weddings, particularly rural ones, especially the following varieties: Dark Pink Daisy, Pink Daisy Pom and Pink African Daisy.
Also known as the Western daisy, originally from the lower Mississippi basin, this pretty flower comes in a number of shades: han purple, royal purple and orchid purple.
They are perfect for weddings and big events, bringing a sophisticated appeal to the decoration.
Daisy Bouquets and arrangement tips
Daisies are simple flowers, but they are amazing in bouquets and all kinds of floral arrangements. They bring this gentle, fresh look to any bouquet and stay fresh for hours. However, remember that daisies represent simple and sweet love. If you wish to convey a stronger feeling, choose a different flower. Here are some suggestions for a variety of arrangements and bouquets with daisies.
Daisies as they are the perfect flowers for both casual and formal events.
If you want to give a friend or your mother a simple, but stylish bouquet - mix Montauk and Shasta daisies.
If you need a formal bouquet pick daisies and white calla lilies.
A creative and unique flower arrangement can be made by mixing classic daisies in lemon yellow with flowers in mint green or pastel blue. You can use gloriosa daisies, as their centre is a darker brown.
You can mix daisies with roses and hydrangeas for a bridal bouquet or a centerpiece.
If you want to give a daisy bouquet to someone, but you don’t want it to be plain and boring, mix different types of daisies, which will complement each other’s simplicity and tones.