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Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Posted by brit5467 7b VA East Coast (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 10, 11 at 16:05

I know this needs some deadheading. That's a given. But other than that, can I cut it back hard and still get more blooms? I know some plants you can cut almost to the ground and they'll start all over again, growing up lush and full. Will this do that?

Or should I just stake it up? Can it take any kind of pruning at all at this point in the season?

As you can see by my pic, it's starting to get floppy and in my opinion, too leggy. Or maybe this is how it's supposed to look.

I realized today I have it in direct sun and tag says semi-sun. Maybe that's part of the problem. I plan to move it in the fall.

Also, we've had high 90's the past week but I've kept the garden watered as much as I can.

What would you guys do with it at this point? Thanks !!

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RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

to learn ....

trace down a stem from the flower head ... where each leaf is attached to the stem .... you will see a tiny, tiny bud ...

you can cut back as far as you want as long as you see a bud ... to INSURE to know where it will trigger a bud from ... just snip on the stem just above a bud ...

if you go further.. you will probably trigger unseen dormant buds ... but i always figured.. be safe and know one is there ...

do they now have double petaled shasta daisy .. or is your ID off??? .. been a long time since i did shasta ...

though it wont matter to the method ...


RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

I think it is Shasta daisy Ice Star, I have it & love mine. I don't think I've gotten rebloom, but last year was its first full year.

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Hey Ken...confused by question about tag & double petaled? Did I say something to give that impression? Need all the help I can get.

I DO get what you're saying about how to cut it. Can't look right now since it's dark, but know how you mean, I think (may be back asking MORE questions....LOL). As big as it is, I may do 'half & half' with triming like you said as well as just cutting down some stems. Experiment...LOL.

Now that I look at the tag, says Margarita Darling - Darling Shasta Daisy. Can't swear on that cuz I just found this tag. Am assuming it goes with plant since I had had plant with no tag couple months ago and got you guys to identify it for me from just foliage. Was a mystery plant at that time.

And no (LOL) I haven't Googled it yet. Have found that y'alls experience far outweighs the 'statistics' I get from


RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

I have double Shasta daisy too. It's definitely that!

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Ohhh cool. But how do you know? And does that mean I should prune it differently than Ken suggested? I'm a bit

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?


searching for buds.. is common to any plant you wish to cut back ... just a simple lesson for a newbie ... there is less fear.. if you can see what you are doing ...

past that.. it was just a curiosity as to what the plant is.. because it looks nothing like the shasta daisy's my parents grew in the 60's and 70's .. nor me.. in the 80's and 90's ..

that is not to say they havent come up with new versions..

but it is key to learning .. to actually know what plant you have ... link below to my recollection of a shasta daisy .... if you google the term .. that flower is a vast majority of the pix offered.. but there are others ... including some doubles ...

google comes up with no pix on Margarita Darling - Darling Shasta Daisy .. and Darling is a dwarf.. which is nothing like yours ... whats that all about. ...

at this point its simply a mystery .. but it is still daisy.. and the snipping rules hold ...

somewhere back down the line.. your plant started as a seed ... and it is not out of the ordinary.. that you might have some weird mutant.. no matter what the tag says ... enjoy it ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Ken, to be honest...I don't know for sure that IS a Shasta Daisy. Just thought so from when I posted the foliage previously, prior to it blooming, wanting to know what it was and people said Shasta. Then I found the tag in my tag collection and since it said "coarse, leathery leaves, which this had, I figured that's what it was.

Just Goggled it myself with botanical name off tag - Leucanthemum x Superbum 'Darling' Shasta Daisy and you're right....does say dwarf & gives height at 12-18". Mine's more like 30" !!!

Maybe it's an old tag from a dead

Whatever it is....I appreciate the help. Will definitely get out there and trim it back. Esp. with the downpour we had Friday nite, it's now laying down on the sidewalk.

Thanks all !!!!

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

all i am trying to do.. is make you learn about your plants .. and pointing out the POTENTIAL for it being misnamed...

you seem to want to learn.. carpe gardum ... lol


RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Yeah Ken, I really do want to learn all I can !!! Thanks !!

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

  • Posted by pippi21 Zone 6b Silver Sprin (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 13, 11 at 20:36

I just googled Double shasta daisy and it comes up on white flower farm website as Leucanthemum X Superbum "Ice Star" just like NGraham said. That's's going on my wish list for 2012.

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?


Yes it's a shasta daisy, and floppy plants drive me crazy too, so I understand why you want to cut it back. If it was mine, I'd whack it back to about 6 inches tall when all the blooms are spent. You might go ahead and snip off the flowers that are already spent to tidy it up a little bit in the meantime. I personally don't have the time (got too many plants) to figure out exactly where on each stem to cut. You're not going to kill it. Trust me, it will start regrowing!


RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Hi Bonnie. It's a beautiful Shasta daisy cultivar that I hadn't seen before. It's now on my 'must have' list!
I've some 'Sante' that is similar, but more yellow in the center. At first I thought it was 'Fiona Coghill'.
I'm glad someone was able to come up with a name for it & now I know what it is also.

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

it looks more like Chrysanthemum 'Ester Reed' to me. see link:

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

I think I can ID this one:
Shasta Daisy 'Fiona Coghill' Leucanthemum x superbum,
Sun to Part Shade
Height 65-75 cm, Space 45 cm

Just bought it this Fall, still have a name tag with photo of it and it is exactly like this one. I am just Googling more info about it and came upon your page.

RE: Can I cut back my Shasta Daisy now?

Hey can't know how much it means to me for someone to "hit me back" after all this time. Haven't checked out your plant ID yet, but I don't

I've given up on my garden (sorta)-- due to water bill expenses plus physical limitations which limit my commitment to "tending" my babies.

But just happened to step (accidently) onto this EXACT same plant today....& thought "I gotta dig it up before it gets put to death."

Soooo....kinda strange that YOU brought it to my attention. RIGHT NOW!! Kinda like a kick in the ass...tellin me to take care of my, they're gonna become part of my landlord's 'grass cutting' routine (chopping everything down cuz I can't maintain it).

Your post made me realize that I need to, at least, dig up the "good stuff" and pass it on somewhere else....IF I can't take care of it where it is.....

But as I looked at it all today, WITHOUT WEEDS & NO WATER REQUIREMENTS, I gotta say...I really DID want to let it all grow back next season & not give up, as I'd planned to do.

Soooo, thanks AGAIN GIRLFRIEND !!!!!

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