Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) are often grown for their bright, cheerful, daisy-shaped flowers. They are native to South Africa and come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white, with flower sizes 10 to 15 cm wide. There are many gerbera daisy cultivars available, grown for their flower color and shape (single, double or multiple petals). For best results in caring for a gerbera plant, choose a variety that is compact, as the flower stems will be hardier on compact plants, and one that is suited to the size of the pot or planting bed in which it will be grown.
How to care for a Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera plants are susceptible to fungal diseases, although older varieties are less so. Fungal diseases generally prevent crown rot, so proper planting and watering are essential for gerbera care.
Be sure to plant them with proper spacing and in areas with plenty of light. Some light shade in high summer is fine, but without direct, full light the plants will turn pale and produce almost no flowers.
Water in the morning so the leaves can dry out during the day and reduce the risk of rot and fungal diseases.
Gerbera care can also be improved by using a micronutrient liquid fertilizer such as a seaweed or fish emulsion.
Watch for caterpillars and leafminers. Spray, if necessary, with an organic insecticide such as pyrethrins or neem oil.
Growing gerberas can have some challenges, but it is a wonderful reward when those large flowers bloom.
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