Outdoor seed sowing of daisies

What you need:

      • Good quality seed
      • A suitable area in the garden
In case the seed has a hard coating it’s advisable to shake them in a jar filled with coarse sand and let the seeds soak overnight in some tepid water. Moisten the compost, but make sure it doesn’t get too wet.
Prepare a nursery bed by raking the soil to an even surface and add some peat or compost (no fertilizer!). Make drills 6 – 12 inches (15 – 30 cm) apart three times the depth of the seed. Water the soil if dry. Mix small seeds with silver sand.
Sow the seeds thinly and cover the seed with some of the soil and firm gently.
Cover the area with wires or twigs to prevent birds from eating the seed.
Some seeds germinate within days others germinate after weeks, depending on the variety and seed quality.
When the seedlings are big enough to handle they need to be thinned out leaving 1 seedling every 2 inches (5 cm). A week later thin out again leaving the seedlings 4 inches (10 cm) apart Bigger plants should be left 6 inches (15 cm) apart.
Plant biennials in autumn where they are to flower the next season. Plant out hardy annuals in spring (April or May).

Problems with growing daisies from seed

The seed is not fresh. It’s advisable to store seeds in a cool place to keep them fresh.

It is too hot and dry. Keep the area moist and perhaps use some shading.
The seedlings have probably been eaten by slugs. Keep slugs and snails under control.
The seedlings have been over watered. This makes them rot and die. In future water more sparingly.