Saving Montauk Daisy Seeds

rokal(LongIsland/z6b)November 12, 2004

Can anyone tell me how to save Montauk Daisy (Chrysanthemum nipponicum) seeds? Mine is just about finished blooming and I would love to harvest some seed. Also can they be winter sown? Thanks for helping out a newbie.

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iluvbonsai(z7b VA)

Sorry I have no idea. I can't seem to find it on the web.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2004 at 6:48PM
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bump. Anyone try this? I here that Montauk Daisies can be propogated via cuttings but has anyone successfully grown them from seed?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2004 at 6:58PM
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stephtheogre88(z5/6 PA)

*bump, i'm trying to do the same thing. i imagine that like regular daises, once the petal fall the head will dry and u cna peel the seed apart into those little sticks, but i dunno

    Bookmark   December 3, 2004 at 4:00PM
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I, too, am wondering what the seeds look like. If anyone finds a photo or can help here - it would be appreciated. Thanks - Carrie

    Bookmark   November 13, 2005 at 7:17PM
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Last year I received some seeds (and chaff) in a trade. I wintersowed the mixture. They germinated great for me. I have beautiful plants.


    Bookmark   November 15, 2005 at 12:23PM
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Hi, I'm new to this forum, and saw your question. As much as I love Montauk Daisies, I have no idea what their seeds look like. They are so very easy to propagate from cuttings, I don't know if I'd bother with seeds!

I finally learned they should be pruned twice a year: June 1 and December 1 - easy to remember, that's good. When I took those June cuttings, I just couldn't bear to throw them all away, so tried rooting some - 100% success rate! I trimmed off all but the topmost few leaves, dusted with rooting hormone, and stuck them, three to a pot, in small pots filled with a mixture of sand, well-aged compost, potting soil, and a dash of well-aged cow manure. I did not cover them, but placed them in a part of the garden that gets heavily dappled shade. Checked on them frequently to make sure the soil remained moist. When I saw plenty of strong new growth, I figured they'd made their roots and gradually moved them to increased sunlight. By late summer, when I tapped them out of the pots to plant in full sun, there was a great root system there. They bloomed for me this fall.

I gave away most of my December cuttings, but kept a few to see how well this works in winter. It's a little early to tell, since the cuttings are out in my greenhouse (new to me this fall, so I'm experimenting a lot), and have been in cooler temperatures than the June cuttings.

Actually, I realize seeds are a lot easier to share over long distances than cuttings are. But if you want to increase what you already have, try rooting your June cuttings.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 6:09PM
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The seeds look like small Shasta Daisy, Feverfew or Tanacetum seeds. I wintersowed 32 cells, with 2-3 seeds per cell on March 25, '05. They started germinating on April 26, and I planted out 18 cells in the fall.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2005 at 12:20PM
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I'm new to this site but not new to gardening. Just looking for info on the Montauk daisies. I've got a nice clump which I bought 2 years ago and didn't know I had to cut them back in June and mine stayed upright very nicely.
I did cut out some short stalks and stuck them in the dirt beside original plant and only 2 of the 6 rooted. So in the fall when I cut them down I got 9, 4 inch pots of soil and broke off the tiny leaf buds growing all up the stalks and stuck them into the wet soil, then placed them on the south side of my house for winter sun and rain. I live on the southern border of Virginia. Today about 30% of them are still green and the rest may be dormant, not dead. Can't wait til spring to find out. Just wondering, have any of you tried this method?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 3:21PM
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Thanks for the pruning info on Montauk Daisys! And the cuttings info! I have several. They are such wonderful late bloomers!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 6:57PM
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I will be sure to take some pictures. These daisies are not easy to find. I am sharing some seeds on the cubit's Hog Wild Seed Swap. Do you have anything like that at GardenWeb?
GW was my first gardening forum, but that was many years ago when Spike was the webmaster, and it was not owned by a corporation. The same thing happened to Dave's Garden. Dave (Whitinger) has created 2 new and if anyone is interested. There is also a (seed sharing) Round Robin at DG.

If anyone is interested I can send you some seeds with a SASE.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 12:41PM
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Here are a few links to the the Montauk Daisy:

Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow Nipponanthemum

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 1:30PM
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An article from Horticulture Magazine...

Here is a link that might be useful: Montauk Daisy

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 1:37PM
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