Montauk Daisy Plant
*Plant shown is mature size*
Your plant will not be in bloom upon delivery.
About this plant: An herbaceous (a type of plant that has a soft stem) shrub that grows approx. 2-3' tall and equally as wide. Flowers are about 3" across.
Common Name: Montauk Daisy
USDA Zones: 5–9
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Time: Summer through Fall
Fertilizer: A balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer in early spring.
Mature size: 18"-36" tall and wide
Pot Size: 4"
Planting & Maintenance
This may be planted in both the Spring & Fall.
1. Choose a well drained site. When planting add a couple of handfuls of compost to the planting hole.
2. After planting, water in the plant.
3. Add a 2" deep layer of mulch around the plant, making sure that the mulch is at least 2" from the plants trunk to prevent rotting it. Mulch helps retain moisture, keep the roots cool on hot days, and keep down weeds.
Watering: Water 1-2” weekly. Drought tolerant once established, which is usually after the first year.
Question: Have you ever seen a planting of Montauk Daisies that were split open in the middle, and all of the flower stalks were hanging over? That happened because it wasn’t pruned. Pruning is easy and you’ll do it twice a year for a great looking plant with lots of blooms.
Step 1 – The First Pruning:
In late spring, after you have about 6” of new growth, prune each stem in half just above a leaf node. You must be sure to cut each stem about the same height, so that they all re-grow evenly. The leaf node is where new growth will appear from.
The first pruning will encourage the stems to send out new growth on either side of the leaf node. Now, where you originally had one stem will now become two. For example, before you pruned, if you had six stems, after pruning, each one of those stems will send out two stems and now your plant will have twelve stems! This is how you encourage a thicker bushier growing habit. Each stem will have a bloom. You will double your blooms, the plant will be thick and beautiful, and it won’t split apart in the middle because there was a single flower on one really long stem, making the plant leggy.
Step 2 – The Second Pruning: No later than July 4th, cut each one of those stems again. It seems tough to make those cuts, but the end result will be worth it. Do not cut the plant back again after July or you won’t have blooms for Fall.
Long term care: Older Montauk Daisies tend to get woody in the middle. These plants will need dividing every few years; do this in spring.
Pests/Treatment: This plant doesn't have many pests, but it can also be inflicted with fungal issues which will require a fungicide.
Companion plants: Lavender, Ornamental Grass, Daylily, Coreopsis, Sedums.