Gerbera daisy, also known as Gerber, comes in various vibrant and bold colors that can almost be called neon-bright. You can also find softer shades of salmon, yellow, and pink.
The Gerbera daisy, also known as the Transvaal flower, is a happy South African native that produces large, disc-shaped flowers with a central eye. The gerbera, a relative to the sunflower, can produce long-lasting flowers that measure up to 5 inches wide.
Gerbera daisies can be grown in pots as potted plants. However, they are a trendy indoor plant. You can also grow them outdoors in beautiful containers or tucked-in annual beds.
They look fantastic when grouped at the border or tucked in between the borders like many exclamation marks. They look nice when grouped with plants that have similar needs.
For the coming growing season, four new introductions of Gerbera daisy were made: “Landscape Saratoga,” “Garvinea Linsey,” Jaguar Series “Fire Dark Center,” and “Floriline Maxi Eyecatcher Red.”
“Garvinea Linsey,” a pink- and purple-colored rose that blooms to 2-1/2 inches, is atop compact green plants. It is pest- and disease-resistant, and it blooms from spring through fall. The stems are long enough to be cut into flowers and placed in vases.
Floriline Maxi Eyecatcher Red is a bi-color that combines red and white. It can be used indoors or in containers on the patio as a potted plant. It blooms in late spring through fall. The flowers measure between 3 and 4 1/2 inches in width.
Jagular “Fire Dark Center,” another gerbera, blooms from summer until frost on a tabletop. It can also be potted with other like-minded plants on the patio. These dramatic blooms have a dark, deep eye and come in solid orange, salmon, and coral shades.
“Landscape Saratoga,” a soft pink, 4- to 5-inch flower that blooms on the bushy, mounded plant, offers beautiful, delicately colored flowers. This variety is especially suited for setting out in the garden. Place plants 24 inches apart for good air circulation and growth.
Gerbera daisy, love well-drained soil, and partial sun. They also like normal watering conditions. The crowns may rot if they are planted too deep.
You should water the soil only enough to keep it moist. They don’t like to be wet feet. Water the base of your plant and not the foliage to prevent powdery mildew.
To encourage new flowers, you need to deadhead.
You can also cut some fresh flowers for the house, to get the best of both worlds. Use a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer.
Gerberas just starting to bloom are ideal for indoor plants. You can place them in a sunny, well-lit area with temperatures of 70 F or less.
The heat can lead to blooming stopping. In the winter months, mist the leaves occasionally. Plant the plant outdoors in well-drained soil once it starts to fade. You might see more flowers.
Gerbera Daisy Details
Name: Gerbera jamesonii.
Growth habit: This is an evergreen perennial with leaves that emerge from a shorter stem close to the ground and form round plants up to 12 inches in height and twice as wide. Bright green, lobed, or toothed, the leaves can grow to 12 inches in length and 4 inches in width.
Light: Plant in full sun or lightly shaded areas.
Water is essential: Keep the soil moist; water when it dries.
Feedings: In-ground plants should be fertilized with a general garden fertilizer once a month. Container plantings should be fertilized with a 20-20-20 or a similar fertilizer solution each other week. You can substitute slow-release fertilizers by following the label instructions.
Propagation: You can start plants by using seeds or divisions of older clumps.
Culture is easy: Medium; New varieties are more susceptible to crown- and root-rot issues.
Hardiness: Frost damage to foliage in moderate and freezing temperatures, but plants can usually recover from buds close to the ground.
Problems major: To avoid rot, grow in well-drained soils where the crown of your plants is above the soil line. Powdery mildew, leaf spots, and other significant diseases can be controlled using fungicides available at your local garden center. Slugs or snails might also eat the foliage, and they will need to be controlled.
Pruning: Twist and snap off any stems that are deteriorating to remove them. To prevent fungal leaf spots, you should also remove older yellowing leaves.
Uses: The gerbera daisies are a striking flower choice for your garden, porch, patio, or deck. You can plant older varieties in the ground, and they all thrive in containers.
They are ideal for both bouquets and the butterfly garden, as they open all year long on top of long stems.
Plantings look and grow best in the cooler months. Summer heat and rains can cause leaf-spot and rot to occur.