Leucanthemum superbum – Whoops-a-Daisy – Shasta Daisy
Petite daisy at just over a foot tall. 3-4" fluffy white flowers blanket the foliage. Perfect size for the front of the border.
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Average, well-drained garden soil. Traditionally easy to grow. Afternoon shade is recommended in the south.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower
Soil Fertility Average Soil, Fertile Soil
Soil PH Category Acidic Soil, Neutral Soil
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 1.3
Fertilization 100 - 150
Light Requirements Medium, High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 60 - 65° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 55 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Late Spring to Summer Finish. Standard ppp.
Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 6-8
6" and Gallon Pot : 8-10
7-9" Pot : 9-10
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :
Pinching and Growth Regulators
None needed. B-Nine at 2500 ppm or Sumagic at 5 ppm will help reduce size if needed.
'Banana Cream' is naturally compact and growth regulators should not be necessary.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Scout for aphids and treat as needed.
Most cultivars are classified as a cold beneficial plants. Plants that have been vernalized produce more flowers and bloom faster. 'Banana Cream' has an obligate cold requirement for flowering. Provide 8-10 weeks of cold (<44 F) when vernalizing leucanthemum.
After vernalization, leucanthemum flower best when they are grown with warm temperatures and long days (16 hr days or using a 4 hr night interuption during naturally short day lengths).
Leucanthemum are sensitive to some pesticides (namely Avid and Orthene). Care should be taken when applying chemicals.
-Avoid over watering.
-Plants grown too dry will often be shorter, delayed flowering and fewer flowers.