Bellis perennis. Bellis English Daisy seeds produce compact, versatile plants that are hardy in Zones 3-9. This cultivar, ‘Speedstar,’ blooms with white, pink, and rose coloured flowers, each with a bright and cheerful yellow center. The pompon like flowers are fully double, and can be deadheaded when they fade to prolong the flowering period. Plants stay very compact at only 15-20cm (6-8″), so they are great for tucking into containers or any little empty spot near the front of your flower beds. The plants are technically biennial, but will produce lots of self-sown seeds and return from year to year.
How to Grow Bellis English Daisies
Here we will examine how to grow Bellis perennis English Daisy from seeds. Bellis is a versatile, low-growing, carpet-forming perennial plant with appealing pom-pon like flowers.
Bellis perennis is usually listed as English Daisy or just Daisy – but the latter could be used to describe any number of flowers. Bellis performs best in cooler gardens, and will fade during the heat of high summer.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Indoors, sow around 8-10 weeks before planting out. Outdoors: In Zones 3-7, direct sow midsummer to early autumn for flowers the following year. In Zones 8-9 either so in early spring when the soil is still cool and slight frost is still possible, or plant in autumn.
Sow on the surface of the soil. The seeds require light and a temperature of around 21°C (70°F). Expect germination in 10-25 days.
Feed early in the season, and provide ample water. Deadhead (remove spent flowers) regularly to prevent self-sowing. In hot summers, cut back after flowering.
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