The common daisy responds best to 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) of water provided every other week. This can be increased to 1–2 inches of water every week when temperatures rise in late spring and summer. When caring for daisies, allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Consistently moist soil can actually be harmful to these flowers. The best way to water daisies is with a watering can or through irrigation.
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How Much Water Do Daisies Need Per Day?
Watering daisies every day will cause the soil to remain constantly moist, which can put your flowers at risk of disease and death. Instead, daisies need 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) of water every other week most of the year. In summer, this amount increases to 1–2 inches of water every week. So, at most, daisies need to be watered once weekly.
- Do not water daisies every day—this is often harmful to the flowers.
- In spring, daisies only need to be watered once every 2 weeks.
- In summer, increase watering to once-weekly.
- Each time you water daises, provide 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) of water.
Daisies are not very thirsty plants. They actually prefer to grow in soil that dries out between waterings. This is unlike many other beginner flowers that prefer moist soil. So, it’s better to underwater daisies as opposed to providing water too frequently.
How Do You Water Daisies?
It’s best to water daisies through irrigation or with a watering can. Water slowly using circular motions in an ever-expanding circle if you are using a watering can. Water until the ground is well-moistened 5 inches (13 cm) away from the daisy stems in any direction.
- Use a watering can, soaker hose, or drip irrigation to water the soil at the base of your daisies.
- Water deeply to soak the ground for 5 inches (13 cm) around your daisy stems.
- Avoid watering from overhead as this can harm your flower buds.
Avoid watering daisy flower heads. This can lead to fungal disease growth on the bulbs. Leaf spots especially can become an issue when the flowers are watered from above. So, it’s best to water as close to the soil level as possible.
Do Daisies Like Wet or Dry Soil?
Daisies grow best when their soil dries out between waterings. Soggy soil or even moist soil can irritate daisies and lead to root rot. For this reason, a regular watering schedule is a good idea but frequent watering leads to issues.
- Daisies prefer dry soil.
- Wet soil—or consistently moist soil—can be deadly to daisies.
- Let the soil dry out between waterings (this may happen more quickly during hot weather or in warmer climates).
Sandy soil is a great planting medium for daisies because it ensures that excess water drains away quickly. So, when you are planning the planting location for your daisies, choose an area where the soil dries out after rain and watering. Alternatively, make a mix of 1 part builder’s sand and 2 parts potting soil to create the perfect environment for growing daisies.
Can You Overwater Daisies?
Since daisies hate wet and moist soil, it is extremely easy to overwater them. Excess water irritates the root ball and can cause fungal diseases like root rot. This can kill your flower garden over time.
- It is extremely easy to overwater daisies.
- Daisies grow very poorly in soil that is consistently moist or wet.
- Wet soil will lead to root issues and fungal infections if you aren’t careful.
It’s best to limit your daisy watering to only when the soil is dry. Letting the soil dry out will lead to healthy roots and healthy blooming. Constant watering can kill daisies or worsen health conditions.
How Do You Know If Daisies Need Water?
You’ll know that it’s time to water your daisies when the top 4–5 inches (10–13 cm) of soil are dry to the touch. That’s fairly deep to probe with just your bare hands so it’s highly recommended you use a moisture meter to test the soil. Use this moisture meter to easily gauge when the soil is dry enough to need more water.
- If the soil is dry at 4–5 inches (10–13 cm) deep, you should water your daisies.
- Poke your finger into the soil to test the moisture, or use a moisture meter.
- Check the soil around your daisies more frequently in summer heat—the soil may dry out more quickly.
You’ll need to check your daisies more frequently depending on the season. Direct sunlight, hot summers, and dry spells can all play a role in the need for more frequent watering. Check for dry conditions as often as possible given the surrounding climate.
Do Daisies Require Lots of Water?
Daisies are drought-hardy flowers that respond poorly to overwatering. In order to grow the best flowers possible:
- In spring, daisies typically only need 1–2 inches of water (2.5–5 cm) provided once every two weeks.
- Increase watering frequency to 1–2 inches of water every week in summer.
- Use a watering can or irrigation system to water as close to soil level as possible.
- Daisies prefer to let their soil dry out between waterings.
- It’s very easy to overwater daisies which can lead to root ball issues.
- Daisies need water when the surrounding is dry to the touch 4–5 inches deep (10–13 cm).
These beautiful flowers make a great addition to any beginner garden. They are artful bloomers that provide a variety of colors throughout much of the year. You really can’t go wrong giving these great flowers a sunny spot in your outdoor garden.