Quick Plant Care Guides: Growing Gerbera Daisies
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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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.