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Growing Gerbera Daisies

Updated on September 15, 2013
Gerbera Jamesonii "Everlast."
Gerbera Jamesonii "Everlast." | Source

Drakensberg White Gerbera Daisy

'Drakensberg White'
'Drakensberg White' | Source

One of my first Gerbera Daisies!

This was one I grew myself.
This was one I grew myself. | Source

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This is a lovely Gerbera in yellow.  How cheerful this would be in a bouquet!
This is a lovely Gerbera in yellow. How cheerful this would be in a bouquet! | Source

Growing and Enjoying Beautiful Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies are great for the flower gardener because of their bright bold colors and striking statements they make in the garden. They also go by the name Gerber daisies or some call them African daisies. They are native flowers originally from South Africa. They love full hot sun, with temperatures at least at 70 degrees. They do well grown from seed if you keep a few tips in mind.

Simple Growing Tips for Gerbera Daisies

1. Plant the seeds indoors ahead of time if it takes a while for the temperature to get to 70 degrees in your area. It is ideal if the temperature has been at 70 degrees for a full week. and stay there for a week at a time.

2. As with many seedlings, choose great soil and have the pots or materials you use to be new or very clean. If they are reused, it is suggested to use warm soapy water and rinse clean before putting in the fresh new soil.

3. I love to use Miracle Grow or some similar plant soil. This can make or break the whole plant sometimes. I learned that tip from my great aunt who has many beautiful potted plants as well as in the ground in her garden. Ever since I started doing that, it actually does so much to make a difference in the life and performance of a plant.

4. Follow the directions on the package of seeds as close as you can. The flowers can be transported out of doors once the temperature reaches 70 degrees and stays there for a week at a time.

5. As the flowers grow and bloom and then fade, dead head them or cut them off. This can allow the plants energy to go toward producing more beautiful and bold blooms for you.

Gerbera daisies are some of the most cheerful and happy looking flowers I have ever seen! They are not a shy performer in the garden, and definitely make a statement! They will not go unnoticed when you walk by.

If growing flowers from seed sounds like an option that is too late or one that you are not interested in, simply pick up some of these beauties from your local nursery. It is great that nurseries are carrying them more so they are readily available. I found that I didn't have as much luck the first time I grew them from the plants I bought at the nursery, but I also didn't know what I know now. If that isn't an option, consider one of the many mail order nurseries available on line or through catalogs that come in the mail. There are many options.

They can easily be planted in a pot. Whether on a front porch or just in the ground near and entry way or path can really liven up the look of your garden. I had a friend that had these in her entry way when you walked up to her house. They were simply beautiful and very eyecatching!

If you know someone that is sick or could use a bouquet, nothing beats cheering up someone with a bouquet of these or a bouquet that includes Gerbera daisies.

Here you can see just a few of the many varieties and colors of Gerbera daisies. In fact, almost any color you want or desire can be found! I have seen even fluorescent colored flowers. That is more from the florist I have seen those, not so much in my nursery or seed packets.

As for the future, I think the best spots for Gerbera daisies at my house will be on my back porch. It may not be quite enough sun, but it is more than anywhere else. It is hot and gets mid to afternoon sun. If that doesn't work, I may make a new spot near the mailbox perhaps. Even there however there is some tree shade in late afternoon. Regardless, I hope to grow more and try a variety of colors and designs.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy Gerbera daisies or get to enjoy them again in the future. I know I will.

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Marina, I would have to agree with you! There is something very special about Gerbera daisies! Thanks for your comment.

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      Marina 3 years ago from Clarksville TN

      These are such wonderful and beautiful flowers!!