How To Grow - Bellis

Plants of the genus Bellis are more commonly known as Daisies – however, the varieties of Bellis available have larger flowers in a range of compact, striking colours far removed from the common ‘Lawn Daisy’ which are so familiar. We’ve put together this easy guide to growing your Bellis plants.

Basics

Bellis flowers are a cheerful addition to the garden, where they can be treated as annuals. They are often used as ground cover, or at the front of a border, as their foliage is also glossy and attractive. Colours range across red, white, pink and multi-coloured flowers.

When and where to plant

A position in full sun is best, though Bellis plants can cope with partial shade. They are not particular about soil conditions, but avoid heavily clay based soils. For autumn bedding – ensuring a display in the spring – plant out your plug plants from late August to mid September, depending on the size of the plants acquired. Grow on plants indoors until they reach 8 to 10 cm in height at which point they’re ready to plant out.

How to plant

Dig an individual hole for each plant, the hole should be deep enough to cover the roots but not any of the exposed stem. Gently firm into the ground, and water in. Keep watering throughout the season and feed weekly for best results. For container planting, fill the container up to three quarters with multipurpose compost. Carefully remove plant from the tray or pot and place in position. Fill the container back in with soil and gently firm down. Water in generously. Leave a space of 10 cm between plants when planting into a bed.

Flowering

When the temperatures are milder, the Bellis will flower from late winter right through to summer – and even on into autumn. Dead head regularly to prolong the flowering period. Extreme heat will cause the plants to suffer and flower less.

Plant care

Wash off any aphids which appear with a carefully aimed jet of water. If an infestation of aphids does occur, use an insecticidal soap to treat the problem.

Did you know

The range of Bellis available now is the result of centuries of painstaking work by nurserymen across Europe who have bred out different colours and patterns. Daisies were one of the first flowers to undergo extensive and continuing cultivation for ornamental displays in gardens.


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