Growing Seaside Daisy.

Latest Update 4th October 2016.
Seaside Daisy.
  • An evergreen perennial, this pretty plant grows continuously and profusely the whole year round, but they are at their best in early spring (see above).
  • The flowers have pink petals when young which turn white as the plant matures.
  • It is extremely hardy and grows best in full sun.
  • It grows from rhizomes and is very drought tolerant.  It grows well in all conditions including extreme heat and light frost.
  • It attracts pollinating insects and insect predators, and is resistant to disease and insect pests.
  • I cut it back hard in autumn and feed it with a light dressing of compost, and then include it in my monthly spray applications of aerated compost tea.  Then I forget all about it. 
Details.
  • Binomial Name:                                      Erigeron glaucus.
  • Family:                                                     Asteraceae.
  • Garden bed type:                                     Drip line irrigated. 
  • Recommended soil pH:                             6.5 - 7.5.  
  • Plant Spacings (centres):                          500mm. 
  • Climate:                                                  Warm Temperate.
  • Geography:                                             Southern Hemisphere. 
Growing Conditions:
  • It is very hardy and requires very little attention.
  • It survives well in poor soil, but benefit from a feed of homemade compost once a year, and well drained moist soil.
  • Always minimise soil disturbances to maintain a natural soil structure.  
Soil Preparation.
  • Prepare a new bed in spring by removing old mulch, fallen leaves and other decaying organic material and disposing of them in the compost heap.  I don't dig the soil.
  • Apply a 60mm thick top dressing of home made compost, and cover with fresh straw mulch.
  • Leave for 4 weeks so worm and microbe activity can build up structure in the soil.
Propagation.
  • Propagate Seaside Daisies by root division using the rich wicking media in a 
  • Use a trowel to cut pieces off established plants at the edge of their root ball, and plant them directly into the sieved compost of a propagator.
  • When ready, transplant them into the prepared bed and water in well with dilute seaweed extract (to suppliers recommendation). 
Growing Instructions 
  • Apply a foliar spray of activated aerated compost tea every month when the edible plants are sprayed.
  • In early autumn clear the ground of waste organic material and spent straw mulch beneath the plant and dispose of it in the compost heap.
  • Trim the foliage back hard to expose new growth and feed the soil surrounding the plant by applying a dressing of homemade compost (about 60mm) covered with fresh straw mulch.
Organic Pest Control.
  • General.
    • I have not been aware of any pest problems with my Seaside Daisies, however sensible preventive measures like regularly spraying with aerated compost tea will boost their natural defences.
    • Similarly, proper soil preparation including annual applications of home made compost boosts the community of beneficial microbes and defends roots against plant pathogens.

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