Habanera Red Tips's blooms measure 2 inches across and appear even larger, for the central petals stand straight up in a tight red spiral. They completely hide the foliage on this neat, compact plant, which grows just 6 inches high and wide in partial shade. Flower stems usually reach 3 to 6 inches in height. Sometimes called lawn daisy or European daisy, petals of the flower fold up at night and open again with the sun.Hardiness Zones 6-8. They produce huge quantities of large, 2 inch, quilled, double flowers from early spring to early summer. Deadheading the flowers will keep the plant blooming heavier and longer into the summer especially if the weather stays cool. Great for containers as well as flower beds that share with bulbs. USDA Zones 4-8,
|How to Grow Bellis - English Daisy From Seed|
Bellis Perennis seeds requires light to germinate, so don't cover the flower seed with soil. Just press into moist soil. 1-2 seeds per sowing container. Start 6-10 weeks before the last frost. Prepare a planter for each English daisy seed. Fill 2.5-inch starter pots with standard potting soil. Leave the top 1/4 inch of each pot empty, so they don't overflow when watered. Drizzle water into each pot to settle the soil. Let the water soak in for 10 to 15 minutes before sowing the seeds.
Sow one- two English daisy seed in each starter pot. Place the seed on the surface of the soil. Press it gently onto the surface to anchor it. Do not cover the seed with soil, since light aids the germination process. Mist the seed with a spray bottle to moisten it.
Place the starter pots on a nursery tray. Move the tray to a bright area with plenty of indirect sunlight, such as near an east- or west-facing window. Cover the pots with plastic wrap. Warm the pots to between 68 and 70 F using a germination mat, if indoor temperatures are below 65 F.
Lift the plastic wrap and check the moisture level in the soil every day. Water the English daisy seeds with a spray bottle whenever the soil feels barely damp when pressed. Water until the top 1/2 inch is moderately moist, but not soggy.
Watch for germination in one to two weeks. Remove the plastic wrap once the seedlings emerge. Decrease irrigation so that the top 1/4 inch of soil dries out between waterings. Remove the germination mat, if one was used.
Move the English daisy plants to a sheltered area of the garden with bright, indirect sunlight after the last frost. Acclimate them to direct sun and normal outdoor temperatures for two weeks before planting them in a sunny bed with moist soil.
Germination takes about 14-28 days.
If Sowing Outdoors:
Prepare a bed two weeks in advance so any emerging weeds can be eradicated before sowing. Weed and till a sunny or lightly shaded planting site with moist, draining soil. Amend the bed with a 3-inch layer of compost if the soil is clay- or sand-based.
Weed the planting site a second time on sowing day. Remove any emerging weeds before sowing the seeds so the English daisy seedlings won't have to compete for nutrients and moisture. Water the bed to a 3-inch depth after weeding to settle the soil.
Roughen up the surface of the soil using a leaf rake to create shallow planting furrows. Sprinkle the seeds across the surface of the soil so they fall into the furrows. Don't worry about exact spacing at this point because you will thin the seedlings later, and don't cover the seeds, since they need light to germinate.
Mist the bed twice daily to keep the English daisy seeds hydrated during the germination process. Increase watering slightly during periods of heat or drought. Stop watering during rainy weather.
Watch for germination in 10 to 15 days. Thin the seedlings to one every 6 inches once they grow to 2 inches in height. Keep the strongest and most vigorous seedlings, and remove any weak or leggy seedlings.