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Upper Midwest Gardening: Is something wrong with these daisies?

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Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #6665864

I feel like this clump of daisies doesn't look as healthy as another clump I have in a different bed. They got really really tall and have bloomed (obviously) but the lower foliage is brown and shriveled (like it got burnt or something) and I don't see any new, unopened buds like I do on the other clump. These were transplanted from my dad's garden last summer. Should I cut them way back and let them try to do their thing again?

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Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2009
12:49 AM

Post #6665873

Here's another shot of the whole clump.

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Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
1:26 PM

Post #6667918

What have you got to lose, cut them back.
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6667949

I had some shasta daisies turn sickly on me last year, I think it was just too much rain. They had decent drainage and were several years old, but there I guess there was just too much water for them. This spring has been ridiculously wet too, I wonder if the same thing is happening with yours?
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #6668099

I thought of that tyro (b/c it sure as heck hasn't been too hot & dry for them, LOL) but the clump in the backyard is in a bed with a lot more clay and it's the one that looks healthy. Who knows. I think I will cut them back though. With the withered tulips in front of them that area is looking just a little too sloppy for me. :)
Normal, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #6671216

I learned the hard way, of all my perennials I don't water daisies during normal spring and summers. It wasn't until last year that I figured out to just leave 'em alone.

I don't see any black/rot. I'd leave 'em alone and see if grow out of it. You cut cut off the very tops to encourage more growth and fill out.

Good luck !

Madison, WI

June 16, 2009
8:42 PM

Post #6696923

I lost a large clump of daisies last year, springnish time too. Funny how low growing sedums did just fine in the same spot but the tall ones sucumbered. That's why I suspected excess water too.

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