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Sad looking Daisy plant

  • Sad looking Daisy plant
  • Sad looking Daisy plant
  • Sad looking Daisy plant
  • Sad looking Daisy plant

Hi Everyone,

I rescued this plant from the plant section in Waitrose last night for a bargain cut down price of £1.99, or so I thought at the time. Can anyone give me any advice on how to bring it back to looking like the plant it should be? I think it had been under watered and now looks rather brown on the inside stems. I was thinking of cutting it right back and hope it recovers, but I am not even sure if it would flower again. I am not sure what kind of daisy it is as I am a bit of a novice gardener. Can anyone also tell me if they survive the winter ? Thank you all for your help.



Comments (8)

  1. Grower

    A. Davies

    Hi Mick,
    Looks to me like a Marguerite daisy or Argyranthemum frutescens possibly canariae - bit of googling might help as I am not 100% sure. Hope this helps though ! Regards.

  2. Grower

    Mark Sturgeon

    I think it's called Argyranthemum (Marguerite daisy) it's a perennial but not hardy so needs to be kept frost free in winter, it should regrow if you cut it back.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Aww, who can resist those poor orphans?! I would gently remove all that dead brown foliage, on the ground that it only attracts disease and slugs, then I would plunge the whole pot into a bucket of water (to get the entire plastic pot and surface of compost underwater, but not the upper growth) until it stops bubbling, in order to thoroughly re-soak the compost. This can take five or ten minutes. Then take it out and let it drain well on a rack, or up on pot legs.

    This should help it to recover, but it looks as though you have missed the flowering season for this year - although, you never know, it might make another flush of flowers, with a bit of tlc! As Mark says, it will need protection over the winter but next year it should be glorious.

  4. Grower

    Ray Mitchell

    Hello Mick,
    after you've got it going by taking Rachel's advice, take some cuttings but keep them in a frost free greenhouse or kitchen window sill over winter, because,as Mark says, it's not hardy as I found out the hard way. Next year, lot's of rooted cuttings/plants to give away or swap!!

  5. Grower


    In my experience if you religiously snip off all the dead flower heads as the flowers wilt you can keep these re-flowering for a good few weeks to come, sometimes more. Also I'd say this specimen doesn't look like it needs cutting right back - as Rachel says trim out the brown bits and give it a good drink and perhaps a little plant food, and it should revive pretty quickly.

  6. Grower


    Thank you all : )

    I have taken out all the dead and brown foliage and given it a good watering. and hope for the best. there are lots of little buds on it but not sure if they have dried up completely or will flower, I may be lucky.

    Would I cut it back before overwintering ? How easy is it to take cuttings as i have never taken cuttings from a plant like this before ?

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Mick,

    It's very easy to take cuttings: and there's a whole series of articles right here on this site to tell you how to do it - just click on the "Grower Tips" tab, then click on the "Propagation Guides".

    Check out the stem cuttings one:
    for details. This plant would be a "softwood" cutting, and there is a whole page with illustrations to help you!!

  8. Grower


    Hi Rachel

    Thank you for your help, i took your advice on the watering too and already the plant looks so much better after removing all the dead leaves etc, its just left a gap at the back of the plant but i am sure in time it will recover now. I will have a look at the cuttings advice too.

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