Welcome to my website about growing ornamental plants organically. Few gardens work well without flowering plants, and in an organic garden where insect activity is encouraged, they are vital. My flowering plants bring pleasure by filling the air with wonderful fragrances and stimulate the senses with their beauty............................................John Ashworth 26th December 2015.
petalled Marguerite daisies I grow are vigorous plants. After planting,
an established cutting will grow to 1 metre tall by 1m wide in one season.
The flowers grow on softwood shoots, and although attractive to
pollinators like bees and butterflies, they are sterile and don't set
When they die
back, they are replaced by several flowers each on a side shoot from
the dead flowers stem. This stem gradually becomes woody and part of
the structure of the plant.
I have grown pink varieties in the past, but none had the vigour of the white one I grow now.
climate, they can flower continuously, but benefit from being deadheaded
and given a light prune as soon as each flush of flowers lose their
They grow well in heavy clay soil like mine, but grow faster in the light sandy soil in my daughter's garden.
Minimise soil disturbances to maintain a natural soil structure.
They survive our rather mild winters, and will live for about 3 years before they become too straggly and need to be replaced.
They grow best in full sun and are extremely hardy in hot dry weather. However, they do benefit from regular deep watering.
Feed the Soil.
remove old mulch, fallen leaves and other decaying organic material
from under your Marguerites. Dispose of this waste in the compost heap.
Apply a 60mm thick top dressing of home made compost, and cover the compost with fresh mulch.
They can be propagated from softwood cuttings as soon as the plant starts
to grow vigorously in spring.
I cut off
shoots about 100mm long and strip them of their leaves until there is
only one small leaf cluster left at the top of each
push these cuttings 50mm into soft soil in one of my Mini Ecobeds, water them in
and forget them until Summer when they are ready to plant
Select a spot to plant your new shrub and remove any decaying organic material to the compost heap.
Apply a 60mm thick top dressing of home made compost, and cover with fresh mulch.
Leave for a few weeks to boost microbial activity.
Move some of
the mulch to one side and dig a hole twice as big as the new plant's
root ball. Place the plant in the hole and back fill with compost.
Water it in well.
Water the plant every few days until it is established, and then allow the drip irrigation to take over.
When replacing an old Marguerite, choose a spot which hasn't grown them for at least 3 years.
They remain vigorous plants for about 3 years before they become too woody and need replacing.
the flowers and give the plant a light prune from time to time during
the growing season to maintain a compact shape and encourage masses of
monthly foliar spray of aerated compost tea was a spectacular success
last year with no sign of powdery mildew on any of my plants.
solution of 1 part cows milk to 9 parts water makes a reasonably
effective organic pesticide against powdery mildew. However, it needs
to be applied early before this fungi gets well established, and
frequently to keep it in check.
foliar sprays of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of
Marguerites by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
These microbes defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.