Extend the flowering period
The main reason to cut daisies is to increase the flowering time. If you keep removing the withered flowers, the daisy will develop new flower buds by autumn. Then the flowering period can last from the beginning of June to October.
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Two options: single cuts or radical cuts
Take a pair of sharp scissors and place them under the old calyxes. Snap! One pass per week should be enough. Alternatively, you can cut back the entire marguerite by a third towards the end of July / beginning of August. This also causes a subsequent flower pile.
Promote or prevent self-sowing?
If you don't remove the old flowers, the seeds will emerge. That sucks a lot of strength from a daisy. Therefore, such a step should be considered carefully. Often self-sowing also occurs as a result of the seed formation.
Receiving cuttings for propagation
Another reason to visit the marguerite with scissors is to use cuttings to propagate it. This is how it works:
- with shrub daisies
- in late summer
- Cut off 10 to 12 cm long shoots at an angle
- remove lower leaves and flowers if necessary
- put in potting soil
- Keep the substrate moist
- Place in a partially to shady, but warm place
- Rooting time: 4 to 6 weeks
Make the growth bushier
In addition, with the right pruning, you can make the daisy grow more bushy. To do this, simply cut the young plants frequently. They then grow more branched and denser and also receive more flower approaches.
Prepare for wintering
- in autumn before the first frost
- Cut down to 10 cm above the ground
- then overwinter
- Remove yellow, dried leaves continuously
- drives new in spring
- It is better not to cut daisies in the tub in autumn (shoots serve as protection)
Since daisies contain a contact allergen, if you have sensitive skin you should wear gardening gloves as a precaution when cutting.