Chrysanthemum 'Crazy Daisy' is a variety with pretty frilly white flowers. A variety of a Shasta Daisy (which was named after the snow covered Mount Shasta in California) it makes a good cut flower and is a perfect addition to borders or wildlife garden as it is a magnet for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.
|When to Sow
|February to May, or August to October
|Where to Sow
|Sow indoors on the surface of moist compost filled pots or trays and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite as the seeds need light to germinate. Keep at temperature of 15°C (59°F) and germination should occur in 21 to 28 days.
|If there is no or low germination, move to a cold area at 4°C (39°F) for two to four weeks, then bring out and sow as above. This will simulate the seeds going through a winter (called vernalisation) and more germination will occur after this period of “warm-cold-warm”
|What to do Next
|When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart.
|Water well until plants are established.
|Create a bushier plant by pinching out growing tips in mid May. This will make it flower later but the resulting plant will be bushier and require less staking.
|Deadheading will ensure that the plant continues to bloom until the first frosts.
|June to September (following summer).
|Extremely attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects
|Borders, Pots and Containers, Cut Flowers
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