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Instructions for Proper Gerbera Care

If you love Gerbera Daisies, also known as African Daisies, and you would like to grow them yourself then knowing proper Gerbera care is important.

There are around 30 species of Gerbera Daisies and they are mostly found in South America, Africa, tropical Asia, and Madagascar. There are 13 native species in South Africa alone. They are sometimes referred to as the African Daisy, the Transvaal Daisy, and the Barberton Daisy.

The Gerbera Daisy is known for its large blooms and brilliant colors. The hybrids can come in virtually every color imaginable. The stems can grow up to 18 inches tall and it’s usually grown as a tender perennial or annual. They can be grown indoors as well as outdoors, or taken indoors during the wintertime, too. Aside from attracting butterflies and bees, according to a NASA study, it’s also good at helping removing toxic gases and chemical vapors.

For propagation, they can be started from seed 10-20 weeks before the last frost has hit. The seeds should be germinated within 1-2 months after collection.

You can also start out with a plant, too. If you are going this route, then you need to make sure that the plant that you begin with is sturdy. The plant should contain healthy foliage and bright flowers. New buds are preferable and it’s wise to stay away from plants that show any sign of disease or damage possibly caused by insects.

For the best Gerbera care, plant your daisy in a small container or pot. Use a soil that has good drainage and when you replant your daisy, make sure that the crown is above the soil level. If it’s too deep then you might get rot. Likewise, it’s important not to over-water it, too, or else you also risk rot as well.

The Gerbera Daisy prefers full sunlight, although after repotting them they should be kept in a partially shaded area for a few weeks. In the summertime, they should be fed with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks and kept moist without watering them too much.  

To promote flowering, pick off the dead blooms and remove the old leaves in order to keep fungus from growing. If you keep your flower inside and use proper Gerbera care then your daisy can flower throughout the year.

The best temperatures for the daisies are around 75 degrees. It is best to keep them above 50 degrees in the wintertime. They can also be kept in a greenhouse as well, as long as the temperature remains above freezing levels. If they freeze, they will die. You only need to water them when the soil gets really dry from November to May.

The daisies are pretty hardy, but can still suffer from ailments and maladies, too. White flies, spider mites, leaf spot, and aphids can attack the Gerbera Daisies if they do not receive proper Gerbera care. If your plants suffer from insect attacks you can usually use an insecticide to get rid of them, however.

During the summertime, they can be grown outside. The plants themselves can last for around 4 years if they are taken care of. The plant will get stunted after that and they will not continue to flower any longer.

Aside from looking pretty and being a great addition to a pot or to a garden, the Gerbera Daisy also looks attractive as a cut plant as well. They are able to live in a vase up to 14 days and due to their vivid colors and the variety of colors available, they look very nice in floral arrangements.


 


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