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Can I Chelsea Chop my Leuchanthemum (Shasta Daisy)


 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Can I Chelsea Chop my Leuchanthemum (Shasta Daisy) Reply with quote

I have my shasta daisy growing brilliantly in my garden but the problem is it is growing too well and too tall. It took a really battering in the wind and rain of the last few weeks. A lot of the stems cannot support themselves and are falling over. I know it is too late to cut back this year as the buds are just opening and it is just about to come into full bloom but does anyone know if it would respond well to a cutting back in early summer next year. I had the same problem with my Sedum last year but this year I cut it back a little at end of May and it is now nice and compact and will be full of blooms in September.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid I dug out my Shasta daisies last year, having got tired of them flopping all over the place and ruining neighbouring plants. I feel very liberated without them this year ! I would try the Chelsea chop next year and if that doesn't work, get rid of them and see if you can find a dwarf version....I have one and it is lovely. I grew the tall ones from seed....never again.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give it a go next year. They were lovely the height they were last year but this year they are gone so tall that they stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the bed, flopping all over and blocking everything else. They said max height 0.9m on the label when I bought them but they are at least an extra foot taller than this. Where did you get the dwarf version Sive?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're in luck, I found the original label and the plant is called Chrysanthemum "Silver Princess" (syn Leucanthemum ).....max height 60cm, though I don't think mine grew that tall last year.
I presume I just bought it in a garden centre......the label is just one of those standard ones, showing an illustration of the plant, that clip on to the side of pots.
I still think it might be worth giving your plant another year and giving it the Chelsea Chop.
Incidentally, when I dug all my Shasta daisies out last year, I couldn't believe what a strong root system they'd established in 2 or 3 years, they are obviously quite thuggish !
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