Shasta Daisy Not Flowering: Reasons Why Shasta Daisies Won’t Bloom

Shasta Daisy Not Flowering: Reasons Why Shasta Daisies Won’t Bloom

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Why won’t my Shasta daisies bloom? Shasta daisy bloom time extends from early spring to late autumn. Read on to determine the common causes when Shasta daisies won’t bloom, and learn tips for getting Shasta daisy to bloom.

Getting Shasta Daisy to Bloom

So your Shasta daisies won’t bloom. What should you do? Below are the most common reasons for non-blooming in these plants and steps you can take to ensure a healthy Shasta daisy bloom time.

Regular pruning and deadheading – Regular deadheading of Shastas (removal of wilted blooms) promotes healthy blooming until the end of the season. Otherwise, blooming slows and the plant directs its energy into producing seeds. Additionally, prune the plant to a height of about 3 inches after blooming ends for the season.

Periodic division – Shasta daisies generally benefit from division every three to four years, especially if you notice the plant isn’t blooming or looks tired and overgrown. Discard old, woody plant centers. Replant healthy clumps with two or three shoots and at least four or five roots.

Feed me, but not too much – Too much fertilizer, especially high-nitrogen fertilizer, is definitely too much of a good thing, producing lush, leafy plants with few (or no) blooms. Dig a few shovelfuls of compost or well-rotted manure into the soil around the plant, then feed Shasta daisies every three months throughout the growing season, using a low-nitrogen fertilizer with a NPR number such as 0-20-20. Adding bone meal will help too.

Temperatures – High temperatures can stress the plant and slow blooming until the weather moderates. On the other hand, a late freeze can nip the buds and prevent blooms for the coming season. Unfortunately, there’s not much gardeners can do about temperature fluctuations, but a layer of mulch may help.

Sunlight – Shasta daisies like lots and lots of sun, and without it, they’re likely to object by refusing to bloom. If your plants are long and leggy, this is a good sign they’re stretching to reach available light. You may need to move them to a sunnier location, but it it’s hot, wait until early autumn, about six weeks before the first average frost date in your area.

Water – Shasta daisies are tough, drought-tolerant plants that aren’t happy in soggy soil. Unless the daisies are newly planted, they need water only when rainfall is less than about an inch per week. Water deeply at ground level to keep the foliage and blooms dry, then allow the soil to dry before watering again. Be sure the daisies are planted in loose, well-drained soil.

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Questions & Answers

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My shasta daisy is growing great, but no blooms. Last year it bloomed, this is its 2nd year. Any ideas? I've watered it regularly and it gets lots of sun.


The most likely reason your shasta daisy did not bloom this season is due to lack nutrients. Shasta daisies are heavy feeders and require at minimum one application of slow release fertilizer.

Shasta Daisy Care:
In spring apply a granular fertilizer to the soil surface around each plant or monthly applications of liquid fertilizer starting in spring. Shasta daises have very shallow roots so there is no need to work the fertilizer in the soil. Shasta daisy will also benefit from a 2 inch layer mulch placed around the plant to prevent weed growth, retain moisture, and cool roots.

Pinch back the tips of the stems of young when they grow to about 6 inches to encourage fullness, this will encourage more flowers. Deadheading will extend their bloom period. At the end of the season cut back dead stems to soil level when they are finished blooming.

Due to the shallow roots of the shasta daisy they require regular water, plants in poor soil site may require daily watering.

Growing Shasta Daisies From Seed

By Mavis Butterfield on April 30, 2015 - 12 Comments

Shasta Daisies are an excellent perennial flower. They are super easy to grow from seed, great for bouquets, and they multiply like crazy. So, basically, all you have to do is set it and forget it to reap the reward for years to come.

To start Shasta Daisies from seed, you have two options: start them indoors or direct sow outdoors. They both have pros and cons. If you start them indoors, you need to start them 6-8 weeks before planting. On the upside, though, when you do plant them, you’ll be able to see where you are placing them a heck of a lot better.

Starting them outdoors means you don’t have to use potentially precious grow light space and grow medium, and since they are pretty easy to direct sow, you’ll probably have a pretty good success rate.

Either way, to start them from seed, you need light. They require good quality sunlight to germinate. Gently lay 3-5 seeds on the top of the dirt and lightly press them into the dirt. Resist the urge to cover them with soil, they do not need dirt over the top of them.

If you decide to direct sow them, you can do so about 2-4 weeks before the average last frost. You can direct sow them anytime throughout the summer, so long as you do it about 2 months before the first predicted frost of fall.

The best part about daisies is that they have continual blooms–which means flowers all summer long. So you can pick them with reckless abandon for vases, and rest assure you will still have plenty blooming in the garden.

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Daisies falling over

Last year we had some daisies growing - can't remember where they came from. This year they came up again - reallllllly tall stalks that are so heavy that they just lay down on the ground. They are still blooming and great for cutting and bringing inside, but look pretty strange in the garden. What should I have done? My husband said they need to be staked.

I'd stake them, if they're already tall and floppy then there's not really much else you can do at least for this year. Next year, you could look at the conditions they're in, if they are getting more water, more fertilizer, or less sun than is really ideal that can tend to make them leggier and floppier so if you fix those, maybe they will be a little shorter and not as floppy. However some plants are just naturally tall and sort of floppy and will always do best if staked.

Thanks, I'll try staking them now and watch the conditions more closely next year.

In my experience, every year at the height of their bloom a big storm would come up and whip them around until they got knotted up pretty bad. I would spend a long time untangling them, and even cutting them to bring inside if they were really bad.

The bed was too big to stake. This is not exactly the same as them just falling over, but once I untangled them some would never stand up as tall as before. Mother Nature's way of getting the seeds closer to the ground. hahaha

If you can, stick about four garden canes around the plants and then wind soft garden twine around the canes, the foliage will soon hide this, next year, as the foliage emerges from the ground, do the same thing and as the foliage gets taller, make sure it grows into the circle of twine, you may need to add several layers of twine or move it further up the canes as the plants get taller, this is the best time for staking your plants as the growth soon hides the foliage for the rest of the season, good luck. WeeNel.

Next year try cutting them once or twice. They don't grow quite as tall. I have some in an area where I just mow them twice in the spring. It works for me

I buy the circular hoops that have three stakes (legs) attached and drive them into the ground in strategic places amongst the daisies (I have Shastas that get quite large). I put the hoops out just as the plants begin to break through in the spring so they can grow up through the hoops. Sometimes I have a few escapees but I just cut them to put in a vase. Works great. I buy mine at Wal Mart.

ragley, are theyalaska? if so they need support

Try putting in the Becky Daisy it has a very very sturdy stalk and I have never had them get wind blown over I love them and wouldn't have any other kind.

Watch the video: Dividing Hundreds Of Shasta Daisies