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Quick Plant Care Guides: Growing Gerbera Daisies

Updated on March 21, 2012

About the Gerbera Daisy

Gebera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) grow to around a foot wide with a blooming height of roughly 18 inches. As with any living thing, size varies from plant to plant within a species. In warmer climates, it is perennial; people in colder climates grow gerbera daisies as houseplants or as annuals. Gerbera and its hybrids come in many colors and color combinations. Give one as a gift or buy a flat to border your walkway.

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Pink Gerbera Daisy
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How to Grow Gerbera Daisies

Culture: Houseplant, Perennial or Annual

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11 (if properly placed and mulched, to zone 8. There are reports of colder areas keeping them on as perennial)

Soil: Moist, well-drained

Feeding: Bloom enhancing fertilizers

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade

What to Do

Plant your gerbera daisies in well-drained soil. Til a lot of well-rotted organic compost into the ground, several inches deep. You may wish to add small stones and bark mulch to the planting hole as more permanent drainage.

Feed gerbera daisies a quality, organic bloom-enhancing fertilizer often during the bloom season. Use worm castings or some other organic medium to make compost tea. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers as they promote too much foliage growth at the expense of blossoms.

Keep gebera daisies in moist, well-drained soils when blooming. When at rest, allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Too much water for extended periods will cause root and crown rot. Pinch back fading blossoms and damaged foliage for the neatest and bushiest appearance.

If growing gerbera daisies indoors, provide a humidity tray and bright sunshine.


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      Jocelyn 6 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thanks! I am trying to get more ready to upload just trying to balance Hubs and family/garden/farm life! It is fun though, lol.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Great info. I've read all your flower guides as I try to make some choices for my flower bed. Thanks for all the help.


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      Jocelyn 7 years ago from Florida, PCB

      LOL! I see plenty without special greens, teheeee. Some people call it insanity. Normal people scare me. :O

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Awe, I love you too but I'm so old I fart dust, but stop by anyway, I'll show you my special garden, it will make you laugh for hours on end, and see stuff that ain't there,Peace, 50

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      Jocelyn 7 years ago from Florida, PCB

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Great info, I live subterranean and must tote my flowers up for some light, generally in the am hours, but often they die, and this variety may be from drowning as the water may no evaporate out as it should in short periods of external exposure, thanks 50