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Floral Facts about the White Gerbera

The white gerbera belongs to the larger family of gerbera daisies which are also known as Transvaal Daisy, Barberton Daisy or African Daisy. It is an ornamental plant very popular in landscape gardening, as a container plant and it is often used in decorations for occasions such as weddings and other celebrations. The gerbera which belongs to the Asteraceae family has been named after the German naturalist Traugott Gerber. It is found in the wild in many places across the world from South American and Africa to Asia.

The white gerbera is an elegant flower and the snowy white color displays the form of the gerbera daisy in all its classy perfection. Gerberas in general are popular for decoration and as gifts. White is a color with some significance in many special occasions such as weddings and so the white gerbera has become particularly commercially valuable. The all white gerbera shows well as a single stem and in a bouquet. Again, you have the choice of making a uniform bouquet of white gerberas or mix it in with other flowers for added colors and textures. The versatility of this flower is the other reason it is popular with florists. A white gerbera is popular as a centerpiece in wedding receptions and often they are planted in small clay pots which can be given as wedding favors to the guests.

If you love this flower and want to see it around you always, you can easily grow a white gerbera. Many gardeners grow the gerbera from seed because it germinates quickly. You can plant the seed in good quality potting soil and water regularly till the seed sprouts. Keep the young plant in a location where it gets sunlight but watch out for sunburn. Once the plant is about 6 inches tall, you can transplant it to a larger pot or on to the ground. Gerbera daisies are described as annuals and tender perennials and they are definitely fragile in the early stages. But once a plant has become established, it is found to be an amazingly resilient plant. A white gerbera can grow anywhere from 6 to 18 inches in height and the plants should be placed a foot apart. The plants are said to be hardy in USDA Zones 9A to 11 which indicates some cold weather tolerance. The plant needs full sun exposure and this is especially necessary for the blooms to be vivid in their color. The gerbera does well in mildly acidic and neutral soil with pH values of 6.1 to 7.5.

The gerbera is known to do well in well-watered settings although those who have difficulty with this plant find this the source of trouble. They say that it is hard to figure out if the gerbera is being over-watered or under-watered as it wilts and dies under both conditions. Sometimes the wilting can also happen if the plant is left out in the wind for too long. The watering really seems a matter of the type of soil it is planted in and the overall weather conditions of the region because gardeners in Texas claim it is drought resistant. In general it seems safer to underwater rather than over-water the gerbera daisy.

Gerberas can be attacked by insects such as aphids, leaf miner, thrips and white fly. Insecticidal soap can be sprayed for protection against thrips and aphids. You can hang sticky traps to capture the white fly. Leaf miners can be controlled if you are quick to pinch off the affected leaves.

In terms of maintenance of your white gerbera plant, you will have to fertilize and mulch at regular intervals. During the winter pinch off the dead flowers and yellowed leaves and with some re-tilling of the soil at the base, your gerbera should have its white blooms in spring. You will find that your plant attracts butterflies and bees and that it is deer resistant.


 


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