Bellis plants, commonly known as daisies, are charming and versatile flowers that can bring a touch of beauty and cheerfulness to any garden.
Bellis plants are herbaceous perennials that are native to Europe. They are known for their dainty, daisy-like flowers that come in shades of white, pink, and red. These delightful flowers are often adorned with a contrasting yellow centre, adding to their visual appeal. Bellis typically grow low to the ground and form dense clusters, making them ideal for borders, rock gardens, or even plant pots. Bellis will initially flower first in the autumn and then will return to their full glory the following spring.
Whether you're an experienced gardener or a novice, growing bellis plants is a rewarding and relatively easy thing to do especially when supplied as plug plants to grow on or plant straight out.
What to do when you receive your bellis plants:
Supplied as large garden ready plug plants and best planted out in the autumn, your bellis plugs will need a little attention when first received.
First unpack them the moment you receive them, give them a light mist or stand them in water for an hour.
They may be slightly dry or yellow after being in a dark box in the post, but they’ll quickly recover. Ideally leave them to settle for a day somewhere warm, light and airy such as a windowsill or greenhouse.
How to grow Bellis plants
When choosing a location for your bellis think about an area that receives partial shade to full sun.
Planting directly into flower beds, prepare the ground well, removing weeds and digging in some compost or well-rotted manure if your soil is not already rich. Plant approx. 20cm (8in) apart to allow them room to grow. Feed using a high-potash feed such as our Blooming Fast Superior Soluble Fertiliser, to encourage flowering and water regularly making sure they are moist. Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
Bellis plants bloom in spring and continue to produce flowers through early summer. Regular deadheading (removing faded flowers) will encourage the growth of new blooms and prolong the flowering period.
Bellis Daisies may enter a period of dormancy during hot summers but will regrow and bloom again when temperatures cool in the Autumn.
With a little care and attention, your bellis plants will flourish and bring joy to your garden year after year.