How to care for gerberas

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How to care for gerberas
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Gerberas are annual flowering plants native to South Africa. They are also known as gerbera daisies and love the outdoors and lots of light. Gerberas are popular among florists for their bold colours and long vase life (up to 14 days). The flowers usually measure between 4 and 5 inches across. Gerberas can be planted as perennials in warmer zones 9 through 11 and may bloom for over six weeks. Outdoors, gerberas attract bees and butterflies and are known to be deer-resistant.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Water-soluble fertiliser
  • Peat moss or compost

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place gerbera daisies in a sunny location either indoors or outdoors. As an indoor plant, they can be brought inside during the winter, but be sure to allow at least four hours of sunlight each day.

  2. 2

    Make sure the soil is well-drained. A good loose potting soil will do, however, add peat moss or compost to the soil.

  3. 3

    Keep the soil moist during blooming season (spring and early summer) and fertilise every other week using a water-soluble fertiliser. Allow the soil to dry between watering once blooming season is over.

  4. 4

    Bring indoors if potted when the temperature reaches above 23.9 degrees C. Gerberas are heat-sensitive and go dormant in the heat, producing no blooms. Avoid fertilising if this happens.

  5. 5

    Bring indoors if potted when the temperature dips below 7.22 degrees C. Gerberas do not like the cold and low temperatures can cause the leaves to turn black.

  6. 6

    Remove any spent flowers and leaves as soon as possible to encourage new blooms.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the crown of the plant is above the ground, as this can hinder the production of blooms.

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