About Creeping Daisy: This low-growing daisy has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for centuries. In 1753 the famous botanist Carl Linnaeus gave this flower its genus name, derived from Greek words meaning “golden flower.” The poet Chaucer was the first to give this family of flowers the common 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.
Creeping Daisy Germination: Direct sow in spring after the last chance of frost, sowing on the surface of the soil; press the soil down lightly and keep moderately moist until germination, which should take place within 10-15 days. To start indoors, sow on the surface of a flat 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring. Keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 70 degrees F until germination. Transplant or thin the seedlings to 9-12” apart as soon as they reach a height of several inches. This flower prefers rich, well drained soil but also tolerates poor soil.
Growing Creeping Daisy Seeds: Water seedlings regularly until they become established; mature plants also appreciate occasional watering, but too much moisture will cause disease and root rot. These daisies will bloom about 3 months after being planted from seed. To encourage branching and bushy growth, pinch off the growing tips; deadheading helps increase blooming. If blooming decreases midseason, cut the plant back by half for new growth. This plant will self-seed and spread slowly by rhizomes; mature plants can also be divided in the fall or early spring. Cut the plants down to 2” above the ground after the first frost. Creeping Daisy makes an excellent choice for rock gardens, containers, window boxes, or ground cover. These plants attract butterflies and resist deer.
Harvesting Creeping Daisy: Daisies make long lasting fresh flowers; cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Creeping 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 Creeping Daisy Info: Origin: Mediterranean Other Common Names: Mini Margueritte, Baby Marguerite, White Buttons, Snow Daisy Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 6-12 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 47,000 Produces a low, spreading plant with rubbery, sharply toothed foliage and 1½” daisies with white petals and yellow centers.