Kin, Welcome. Your daisies look like a daisy cousin, the chrysanthemum. I am very impressed that you rescued them from a vase of cut flowers and got this far. Most florist flowers are simply not that cooperative! You obviously have the proverbial "green thumb" (and a great caretaking heart–good for you). Hard to say what to do, as (again) florist flowers aren’t really the stuff of future garden plants, normally. Many varieties that the florists grow are done in greenhouses (or other climates, then imported) and so their response to our growing conditions isn’t predictable. I would say that a florist’s flower used to a heated, moist greenhouse full of yummy humidity and total "climate control" is nothing like your rooftop or desk (in the photos). Maybe coddle the babies in a bit more protected environment and pinch a little so that the roots have more chance to really grow before they have to support so much green up top? I doubt they have enough roots yet to support 7 inches of top growth. Again, a disclaimer: These unknown florist varieties may not want to grow outdoors (especially in a pot on a roof in the urban setting). But I have NO DOUBT that you will go gangbusters with any real outdoor container plant you choose. Good job so far…and with something not meant to last more than a week in water! An A plus plus. Margaret
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.