pruning blackfoot daisy - help

littlekinder(z8 DFW Tx)April 29, 2009

Got a blackfoot daisy last year - 2, actually, one is doing fine, but the other is SO leggy - it's really only ONE stem with other small stems sprouting from it. Should more shoots come up from the ground?

There's just no place to trim/prune it - it's just a long snake. They are supposed to be mounding - but maybe that's just the shape and not related to branching...

Should I just wait and cut it to the ground in the winter? Or is now a good time for a tiny trim? Or would cutting it back now be ok? It blooms until fall...

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Are you growing it in a shady place. They like sun and some will take a bit of parted shade. I never trimmed one. They just grow wild here and there all over. In a mound.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 12:40AM
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littlekinder(z8 DFW Tx)

They get plenty of sun... they have a taproot and I don't know if they send many shoots up from the ground... maybe I'll just let it limp along til fall and then cut it back and see what happens. Where are you that they grow wild?? I have actually had trouble finding them in nurseries.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 9:49AM
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hitexplanter(8 a)

If you prune it back by at least half it will force latent buds closer to the root to grow. This should thicken and bring your blackfoot back into shape if it is getting enough sun. Otherwise you may consider moving it to a sunnier location. Good drainage is important as well.

Happy Growing David (If you have not feed them this season this also may be a good time to charge it up a bit. They do respond well to organic or chemical fertilizers.)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 9:55AM
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tshcd

I moved mine last fall and in the process cut them back severely. They looked all the better for it this spring. I am getting ready to do it again, but as I haven't done it in late-spring/summer before, I can't comment as to how it might affect bloom.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 11:28PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

To answer you about where I live that Blackfoot daisy grow wild. I live about 30 miles southwest of Austin in the walnut limestone outcropping, high uplands. Limestone rubble, caliche, nothing special. I do not do much with them. I don't trim them, water them or plan them into my plantings. I don't rip them out either . They are welcome inhabitants. I did just take a break and I went out what looks like seed.- mara

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 5:40PM
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