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trishsmith18-Oct-05 09:17 AM EST 8b   
Gerald Burke19-Oct-05 10:29 AM EST 9   
cathaleen23-Oct-05 07:41 PM EST 3   
Nancy25-Oct-05 03:25 PM EST 5   

Subject: Shasta Daisy
From: trishsmith
Zone: 8b
Date: 18-Oct-05 09:17 AM EST

Is there a way to keep Shasta's shorter in stature? I have dozens and find them great until the first heavy rain, from then on they are nothing but a nuisance, falling over on everything in the border.

Would pinching back in early Spring do it? I have bought some of the shorter variety now, but would like to keep my originals.


Subject: RE: Shasta Daisy
From: Gerald Burke
Zone: 9
Date: 19-Oct-05 10:29 AM EST


The tall Shasta Daisies are a problem, especially in windy and rainy areas. Best to try the shorter varieties, such as Snow Lady, which was an All-America Winner some years back. It gets about a foot tall. With the old leucanthemum maximum Shastas the only other remedy is staking. Pinching back helps a little.

Gerald Burke Gardening From Southern California

Subject: RE: Shasta Daisy
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 23-Oct-05 07:41 PM EST

The shorter Snow Lady are definetly a way to do - I grow them in our garden and they have very sturdy stalks, but are definelty shorter - I have taken to yanking out my taller shasta daisies unless they are in an area where a more wild look is tolerable....I have started my plants from seed - they are very easy to start from seed and lots of germination.

Subject: RE: Shasta Daisy
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 25-Oct-05 03:25 PM EST

Hi Trish,

Rather than just pinching, why don't you try cutting some of the plants back by half in mid to late May. Not only will they eventually be shorter, the ones you prune back will bloom a little later as well, extending your overall bloom time. You can experiment with drastically pruning some, pinching other, and leaving some alone to see how they behave, then decide how to handle them in the following years based on the results.

For a more expert opinion on pruning, you may want to consult the book "The Well Tended Perennial Garden", by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. I don't have my copy handy to tell you what she says specifically about Shastas, but I've found her pruning recommendations very useful in controlling a number of plants in my garden that tend to get to tall and floppy.

Good luck!

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