If you are in need of a pop of color in your garden, look no further than daisies! They provide excellent ground cover and beautiful contrast to evergreens and landscape shrubs.
The great thing about daisies is how readily available they are, whether that be a pre-grown plant or seeds. Don’t know where to buy daisies? We’ve got you covered! Read on to find out about the best places to find daisies and daisy seed starting materials.
Where to Buy Daisy Plants
1. Online Plant Distributors
Online Plant Distributors such as Bluestone Perennials are a great option for finding several different varieties of daisies that have already been started. They are mailed to you in a three-and-a-half-inch pot, ready to be planted. Websites like Bluestone Perennials provide a 100% guarantee, so you can request a refund or reship if the plant isn’t what you expected.
Another option is Michigan Bulb Co. Less varieties of daisies are available, but they run frequent sales on their site and through their email list throughout the year.
2. Local Nurseries
If you like to hold a plant in your hand before making a purchase, consider seeking out your local nursery. Depending on the size, most nurseries grow many different kinds of daisies because of their popularity. Daisies are usually located in the sun-loving perennial section, where you can choose the healthiest plant to take home with you.
You can also meet the people that grew the plant and see where it was raised. Plus, who doesn’t love supporting a small business?
3. Garden Departments at Home Improvement Stores
Do you have a Lowe’s, Home Depot or Ace Hardware near your home? More often than not, they carry daisies. It’s one of the most popular perennials, and these large stores only want to carry what sells. Remember to keep your receipt. Stores like Lowe’s offer a one-year guarantee on your shrub, tree or perennial. Just present your receipt for a replacement or refund if your plant dies.
Where to Buy Daisy Seeds
1. Online Seed Distributors
There are many reputable seed distributors online such as Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Burpee to name a few. Purchasing seeds online is a good idea if you are wanting a rare or unique type of daisy not found in stores. You can also find profiles of any type of daisy seed you purchase on the website that provides growing information and similar varieties.
All three of these websites provide a guarantee on their seeds, and you can file a claim for replacement or refund if you’re not satisfied with them. Some of these sites offer a first-time customer discount by joining their email list, so that’s something to consider if you want to save a few dollars. The more money you save, the more daisies you can buy!
2. Local Nurseries
Look for seeds at your local nursery. They are often located near the checkout counter or inside with gardening tools and gifts. If you can’t find the variety you are looking for, ask one of the employees at the nursery. If they don’t have them in stock there, nursery workers are often knowledgeable about where to find them at other places. They may even have some tips and tricks for getting your seeds started!
3. Garden Departments at Home Improvement Stores
You see it every time you go to Lowe’s or Walmart in the spring. It’s the giant vestibule of seeds! This is an easy stop if you’re already grocery shopping or picking something up at the hardware store. These big-box stores usually carry reputable brands like Ferry-Morse and Burpee, and it’s a great way to pick out seeds for companion plants.
4. Seed Swaps
Seed packets usually contain more seeds than you know what to do with. Instead of wasting seeds, many areas hold seed swaps. At seed swaps, you can bring seeds you don’t need and trade them with other people in the community for seeds you need or want.
Where do you find a seed swap? Your best bet is to go to Facebook and look under the events tab. Search for seed swap near your location, and see if any results come back. If there is a local gardening Facebook group, join and see if anyone knows of a meet coming up. You can also post the types of seeds you are in search of and see if any group members have some to spare.
Where to Get Your Seed Starting Supplies
If growing daisies is your first attempt at start seed-starting, you’ll need a few more things to get started. Don’t worry. It’s not as daunting as it seems. We’ve got you covered with what you’ll need. You’ll be growing daisies in no time!
Seed Starter Mix
Almost as important as the seed itself is the medium you grow your seed in. An easy way to begin is to purchase a pre-mixed starter such as Miracle Grow’s Seed-Starting Potting Mix or Burpee’s Concentrated Seed-Starting Mix.
Another fun way is to make your own mix following this recipe sourced from The Gardener’s Workshop –
Mix three parts of the following dry ingredients to one part water:
- Sixteen cups of sifted peat moss
- Four cups of sifted compost
- One-fourth cup of green sand
- One-fourth cup of rock phosphate powder
Starting with moist soil helps your seed to germinate, no matter which route you choose. You want the consistency of your seed-starting mix to be like peanut butter.
Seed Starter Trays
Next, you’ll need trays to put your mix into. You can purchase seed-starting trays in bulk with or without a dome on Amazon. The trays come in many different styles and sizes depending on the volume of seeds you want to start. The clear plastic dome that sits over the tray aids with humidity levels to help germination.
It’s also easy to find one large seed-starting tray at stores like Lowe’s or Walmart in the spring.
Daisy seeds need light to germinate, so if you don’t have a greenhouse outside or a bright, sunny spot, you’ll need a grow light. There are so many different kinds of grow lights out there that it can get overwhelming (and expensive!).
While lights labeled as grow lights work great, they’re not necessarily required. An easy way to save money is to simply purchase a few bright LED shop lights. Your seed is still going to get the amount of light it needs with these, and you can find them at any hardware store or Amazon.
Daisies germinate at seventy degrees. If you have a cold spring season, heat mats are a necessity to get your seeds started. These are often located in the same spot in the store as grow lights and trays, or you can purchase them online.
They provide heat from underneath, warming the soil around the seed. They are one of the more expensive items on your seed-starting list, but they are an investment that you’ll be able to use for years to come.
If you can’t swing a heat mat, get creative. Refrigerators put off enough heat on top to warm up your seeds. Consider placing a grow light above your old refrigerator in the garage, and watch your seeds take off!
One of the worst things that can happen in seed starting is losing track of which seeds you planted where! Nip that in the bud by having a labeling system in place. You can do this in a number of ways, using popsicle sticks or plastic labeling stakes. Just write the name of the seed on the label with a Sharpie and stick it in the coordinating tray cell.
Many Amazon sellers include the plastic stakes if you buy trays in bulk, or you can go pick up some popsicle sticks at the grocery store, which are often just as effective.
Say you don’t have enough room in your house or garage to start seeds. Consider purchasing a small greenhouse to put in a sunny spot outside. Putting a greenhouse kit together is easy and very cost-effective. Just remember, the small plastic greenhouses are lightweight, so they’ll need to be tied down or stationed near a wall where the wind doesn’t knock them over.
Wrapping Up Where to Buy Daisies
You know where to find daisy plants, seeds, and seed-starting materials. The only thing left to do now is get started growing! It’s such a fun variety with so many color options. You can’t go wrong with daisies.
If you’re not sure which kind of daisy you would like to grow, refer to our daisies blog posts for more information on all of the different types.