shasta daisy

26 Jun

Shastas are chrysanthemums bred to flower in the summer instead of the fall. The only problem I’ve noticed with them is that some varieties produce very thin stems that are easily beaten down by heavy storms or winds. The varieties with the plainest leaves tend to produce the thickest stems that are very rain and wind resistant. The varieties with heavily serrated leaves tend to have thin stems that don’t stand up well to storms. (I don’t actually know if this is true because I haven’t tried all the varieties, but it’s been my experience.)
New plants can be propagated by cutting fresh stems and placing them in water or soil (I usually dip the stem in rooting hormone first) and keeping the soil moist. Actually, that works for many plants with “hairy” stems. The hairs are rootlets that can develop into full root systems.

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