How to plant gerbera margarita

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How to plant gerbera margarita
Brighten summer bouquets with gerbera daisies. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Margarita in Spanish means daisy. Gerbera margaritas, or daisies, are beloved for their vibrant, colourful summertime blossoms. Plant margaritas in a flowerbed or in pots for ornamenting a patio or walkway. Margaritas enjoy moderately warm weather and ample sun, so if your area gets very hot during the day and cold at night, stick with pots so you can bring the flowers inside when wilting or freezing are concerns.

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Things you need

  • Organic soil with perlite or compost
  • Garden trowel
  • Fertiliser for flowers

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  1. 1

    Find an area to plant margaritas that receives plenty of sun. In hotter climates, choose an area that gets some afternoon shade.

  2. 2

    Acclimate young plants that have been grown indoors to the outdoors gradually before transplanting. For up to a week, take plants outside for a few hours each day, then begin putting them outside for a full day.

  3. 3

    Prepare the soil. For outdoor pots, use organic potting soil with perlite. When planting directly in the ground, blend the soil with nutrient-rich compost.

  4. 4

    Dig holes in the soil that are the same depth as the plug pots and approximately double the width. Space holes at least 30 cm (1 foot )apart. Set in the root balls, cover with soil and water thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Water just enough to keep the soil slightly moist after the initial soaking. Overwatering can lead to rot.

  6. 6

    Fertilise margaritas once they're established -- every three to four weeks through the flowering period. Use fertiliser designed for blossoming flowers.

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