Planting Montauk daisies is a great way to get late season bloom in your garden. Their large, two to three inch white flowers are easy to care for and great in floral arrangements. You’ll have plenty of blooms, too; this perennial is easy to propagate and most wildlife aren’t interested in snacking on it, with the welcome exception of butterflies. Montauk daisies are hardy between zones 5 and 9 and reach mature heights and widths of about two feet. Plant some Montauk daisies in the same areas where you have spring bulbs; the Montauk daisies will start filling in just as the bulbs are dying back.
For the best flower show, choose a site that gets full sun, at least six hours daily. Soil should be fertile and well-drained; amend with organic matter such as compost or manure if soil quality is poor. Dig a hole twice as wide but equally as deep as the root ball. Remove plant from its container and gently loosen any exposed roots. Position plant in center of hole and refill, tamping soil down to remove any air pockets and to ensure good soil to root contact. Water well and then apply a layer of mulch to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and discourage weeds.
Because Montauk daisy has a tendency to become a bit leggy, it’s a good idea to pinch back the stems in late spring to encourage a bushier growth habit and more flower buds for the autumn bloom. Cut it back in late fall/early winter and cover with a layer of protective mulch.
Montauk daisy is easy to propagate through cuttings. Insert cuttings that have been dipped in rooting hormone into pots filled with a mixture of sand and compost, then keep moist. Place pots in an area that gets indirect light, but out of direct sun.