It can be exciting pre-empting the arrival of your new daisies but it’s also important not to over-love them in those early days! During germination (the period in which your seeds are growing beneath the surface), it’s important to ensure your soil has just the right amount of moisture, regardless if you are growing your daisies in the garden or a pot. This is particularly crucial during the first two weeks while your seeds are settling in.
Over the germination period, we recommend watering every 3-4 days if sufficient rainfall hasn’t occurred. If it has, count this as one of the watering days. As always though, be attentive to your soil, if it is looking flooded and muddy - ease off on the water and consider wrapping your plant in newspaper if it’s in a pot. If the soil is looking dry and cracked, provide a good soaking and maybe even a tray of water your pot can sit in. If germination is taking longer than 2-3 weeks, try our smoke-water mix* to aid the process (*5mls of smoke to 10L of water*).
Once your daisies have breached the surface and new growth can be seen, we suggested reducing the watering schedule to every 7-10 days. Again this depends on how your soil is responding and whether or not sufficient rainfall is occurring. During this period, it’s unlikely you will have to hand-water as rainfall should occur within the above time period.
If you are concerned about your daisies: dry daisies will look dull or droopy whilst over-saturated daisies will look yellow and slimy with the roots often rotting beneath the soil.
We always recommended watering your daisies with the shower function on your hose.
With good aeration, a sunny position and a successful, attentive watering regime, Western Australian daisies are a bright and colourful addition to any garden whether they are born in the garden bed soil or windowsill pot.
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