About Painted Daisy: Because of their unique pattern of multicolored rings, these daisies have become very popular. Originally, this family of flowers grew in 15th century China as an herb; Europeans began cultivating them in the 17th century. This particular variety of tricolor daisy comes from the coasts of northern Africa, or what was formerly known as the Barbary Coast. The poet Chaucer was the first to give this family of flowers the name “day’s eye,” because of their habit of opening in the morning and closing at night. A common saying of the era stated, “When you can put your foot on seven daisies, summer is come.” In the language of flowers, daisies symbolize innocence, simplicity, and modesty.
Painted Daisy Germination: After the last frost of spring, direct sow on the surface of the soil and press down lightly for good soil contact. To start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost, sow in a flat and press lightly into the top of lightly moistened soil. Keep the moisture consistent and the temperature around 70 degrees F until germination, which should take place within 14-20 days. When the seedlings reach a height of several inches and there is no chance of frost, transplant them outdoors 15-18” apart. These plants adapt to many soils, though they appreciate well-drained, evenly moist soil.
Growing Painted Daisy Seeds: Water the seedlings regularly until they become established; mature plants also appreciate occasional watering, especially when in bloom. Pinch back the tips of the developing plants for healthy, bushy foliage. For the longest blooming, remove the spent blossoms. To survive the winter, these plants must remain in soil that drains well.
Harvesting Painted Daisy: Daisies make long lasting fresh flowers; cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Painted Daisy Seeds: Late in the season, allow the blossoms to fully mature; when the centers turn brown, cut them off and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. After about two weeks or when the heads have fully dried, rub them lightly to separate the seed from the husks. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Painted Daisy Info: Origin: Northern Africa Other Common Names: Tri-Colored Daisy, Tricolor Chrysanthemum, Chop-Suey Greens, Shungiku Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 18-36 inches Spacing: 15-18 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 12,000 Produces dark green, finely cut foliage and 3” daisy-like blossoms in varying shades of white, pink, red, maroon, and yellow with contrasting rings at the center.