These beautiful blooms are perfect for any occasion (or for no occasion!) and for any region! Its widely recognized that sending coloured Gerbera Daisies represents different emotions, similar to what each rose colour means. Gerberas are easy to care for, whether in a vase/pot inside, or planted/potted outside.
Plus, when you grow your own gerbera flowers, you all be able to make beautiful cut flower arrangements. Family: Asteraceae the name of the red gerbera is native to Africa, Madagascar, South America and Tropical Asia. Also known as the African Daisy, as well as Barberton Daisy and Transvaal Daisy, its name comes from the 18th century German naturalist, Traugott Gerber.
Planting transplants from a garden store or nursery is the best way to plant gerbera daisy, as the plants are undependable and difficult to propagate from seed. Gerbera daisies thrive in well-drained soil improved by the addition of 2 to 3 inches of compost or manure.
While the plants tolerate full sunlight, they perform at their best when exposed to morning sunlight and afternoon shade. When planting gerberas, ensure the crown of the plant – the point where the main stem joins the roots – is planted about 1 inch above the surface of the soil. This step is critical as gerberas tend to suffocate if the crown is buried.
|Place your gerberas in a sunny windowsill where they can get approximately six hours of sunlight per day. Find a semi-shaded area outside if you are growing them outdoors – a shaded patio or veranda is ideal.
|Water thoroughly, then allow top 1 inch (2.5 cm) to dry out between watering.
|Check the soil of the site. If it is heavy or clay-like, you will need to amend it with compost, peat moss and sand. Gerbera flowers grow best in areas with slightly sandy, well-drained soil. Once you ve amended the soil, dig holes for your gerbera plants that are about a foot apart. These holes should be twice as wide as the flower s original container but no deeper.
Planting any part of the gerbera s stem can cause the flower to rot. After planting the flowers, pack in the remaining soil firmly and water thoroughly.
|Cool to average 55-75F/13-24C.
|Feed every 2 weeks while in bloom with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.