Gerbera daisies are perennials native to Africa, but they grow well indoors in the UK. Their bright orange, red, pink and yellow 10 cm (4 inch) blooms make them attractive houseplants. Another reason to grow them indoors is for their pollution-removal abilities. Gerbera daisies are one of five plants effective at purifying indoor air. Plants bloom mainly from early spring to autumn, but with good care they may also bloom during the winter.
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Things you need
- Potting soil
- Watering can
- Fertiliser for flowers
- Secateurs or scissors
Use an all purpose potting mix to plant gerbera daisies in pots.
Place pots in bright but filtered sunlight, 2 to 2.5 metres (7 to 8 feet) back from a sunny, south-facing window. If the air temperature is too high the daisies will not bloom. If this is a problem, put the pots on a cooler, east-facing window sill for the summer months.
Let the top 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) of soil dry out between waterings.
Feed the daisies every two weeks with a weak solution of fertiliser. Use one-half to two-thirds of the recommended amount on the fertiliser packet.
Repot the daisies in spring when the roots have outgrown the pot. Trim off dead leaves and flower heads after they wither.
Tips and warnings
- Keeping gerbera daisies year round inside your home is difficult. Be prepared for them not to last.
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