GROWING & PRUNING
‘Banana Cream’ shasta daisy is a very easy perennial to grow, so it is a good choice for any gardener from beginner to advanced.
Choose a sunny spot to grow your new ‘Banana Cream’ flowers. If you are gardening in the south, some afternoon shade is a good idea and will preserve the yellow flower color longer. Daisies are not very fussy about the type of soil you plant them in as long as they have good drainage so their roots won’t sit in water for long. Daisies hate wet roots, especially in winter.
‘Banana Cream’ prefers average moisture amounts, which means about an inch of water per week. Their thick leaves store moisture well, so they don’t wilt very easily. If your plant is wilting, it is too dry. Try to water it before it wilts so its vigorous growth momentum keeps right on going.
Once the flowers have finished and they turn brown, trim them off. You should see tiny little buds starting to form on the stems below the spent flowers by that time. Those are the next round of flowers to bloom, so take care not to cut those off. Your plants should rebloom within a few weeks of removing the spent flowers.
Feed your ‘Banana Cream’ daisies with a balanced plant food once in spring after new growth appears and again in midsummer to keep them blooming longer. Do not feed them after midsummer.
In the fall, after the whole plant has turned brown, you can cut the foliage back to the ground. It will return the following spring.