How do you take care of giant daisies or Shasta?

giant daisies

Have you ever heard of giant daisies or Shasta? Contrary to normal daisies, these are much larger, hence their nickname of giants, and also more appreciated.

If you have one, you have seen it and you want to buy it, but you do not know much about this variety or its care, then we are going to help you to not be unknown. Go for it?

How are the giant daisies or shasta

field of giant daisies

The first thing you should know about giant daisies is that they come from America. They are actually a hybrid that was born from the European flower. It is exactly the same, but much larger.

In fact, it is said that these they can reach a meter in height and decorate just like daisies. They are very resistant and hardly have any care that you have to provide.

Aesthetically we speak of a plant with intense green stems and leaves and flowers with a yellow center and soft and very large petals.

Difference Between Daisies and Shastas

Since we know you are going to ask us about giant daisies and how they differ from regular ones, here are some important details:

  • live less. That is, giant daisies have a much shorter shelf life than regular daisies.
  • Can be transplanted and pruned something that does not happen with the normal ones.
  • Su flowering time is summer.
  • Se multiply by dividing the bush (and not just with seeds).

giant daisy care

two shasta

Now yes, we are going to get into the care of giant daisies. But first of all you should know that these are very easy to care for and should not give you problems if you follow everything necessary to meet their needs to the letter.

Location and temperature

the giant daisies they need a sunny location. Although it is true that they tolerate being in semi-shade, the best thing for them is to be in full sun since they feed on it. You may plant them both in the ground and in pots, although you must make sure that these are big enough for her.

As for weather, tolerates warm and temperate well, but not in the case of cold or rainy weather. In those it is possible that it does not develop and it is easier for it to die.

This gives us an idea of ​​the temperature. And it is that it tolerates the high summer temperatures very well, but not so much in the cold. In fact, it is possible that it will die if it is not well protected (and remember that it is a plant with a very, very short lifespan).


the giant daisies they are almost always planted in spring, since for the seeds it is the best time for them to germinate. But if you do it through the division of the bush, also spring will be the best time to be successful.

Always use a soil that is composed of organic matter and drainage. It is the best option for the plant to develop correctly.

If you have it in a pot, it is best that you have to change it approximately every four years. There we do recommend that you remove as much soil as possible and fill it with new to nourish it. In addition, it is the ideal time to divide the plants since this way you will be able to obtain more pots and you will relieve the mother plant.


The irrigation of the giant daisies is the same as in the case of the normal ones. It's necessary that have moist soil, but without it being waterlogged because it is easy in that case for the roots to rot.

some recommend water 2-4 times a week in summer, and in winter do it once every two weeks, more or less. But the truth is that everything will depend on the climate you have where you are. If it is very hot, it is better to water more times, even if it is less quantity, and if the temperature drops then let it space more.

giant daisy close up


Every year, and especially in the spring and summer months, you should pay a little to give it more energy, especially for flowering.


Although you won't need it on the ground (almost never), we can't say the same if you have it in a pot. In that case, pruning is essential and it will go through cut the flowers that are dying so that the plant does not spend energy and also leave room for new flowers.

Plagues and diseases

Regarding the plagues and diseases of the shastas, the truth is that we have not found anything. However, that does not mean that they are resistant to everything. They will most likely be affected by the same ones as regular sized daisies.

In other words, in the case of pests, you have to have Watch out for caterpillars and aphids. The first are "eating" the plant, both the petals and the leaves, which weakens them. In the case of aphids, they will first go to the tender shoots and then continue through the rest of the plant.

Also common in giant daisies are aphids, They feed on shoots and leaves.

In terms of diseases, the most common has to do with a excessive watering. But also the absence of sun or water can easily make the plant sick.


As we have told you before, there are two ways of reproducing giant daisies: through seeds and by division of the bush.

The first option - from seeds - is carried out in spring. It can be done both in a seedbed and in a pot, although the second option is recommended (they are large and will need space, which in a seedbed can soon fall short).

In the case of the division of the bush, when it is in the ground it is more complicated to do it, especially since it develops quite deep roots and unearthing it can end up damaging it. But if it is in a pot and it grows well, it is normal that, at approximately 4 years, you have to transplant it and take advantage of that moment, not to change the pot, but to divide it and take more pots out of the plant through its "offspring". . So you don't need to expand the pot and you do have more to continue enjoying these giant daisies.

Now that you know how to care for giant daisies, that they are easy to care for, would you dare to have one (or several) at home?

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