Gerbera Daisies are commonly grown for their bright and flowers. They originate from South Africa. Most are hybrids of Gerbera jamesonii and Gerbera viridifolia. Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) are tender perennials and will grow year-round in USDA Zones 8-11, but you can enjoy them in the spring and summer in any climate. They come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white. Flower size is anywhere from 2 to 5 inches across and a height from 8 to 24 inches. They are bred for their color and flower shape. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors and are commonly used as cut flowers. Plants thrive in full sun and sandy soil but tolerate light shade. Choose a site with six to eight hours of sun. Crown rot is a common problem with gerbera daisies. The crown should be visible above the soil and allowed to dry out between each watering. Plants can be mulched.
Gerbera Daisy Outdoor Care Tips
- Deeply water your plants once a week.
- Water in the morning so the soil can dry throughout the day.
- Keep in an area with full direct sunlight.
- Use micronutrient-rich plant fertilizer.
- Be sure to trim the plant after the bloom starts to wilt to help new blooms grow
Provide indoor, potted Gerbera daisies with bright, all-day sunlight in spring, summer and fall. Supply them with at least three to five hours of direct, morning sunlight, and provide them with afternoon shade. In the winter provide indirect sungliht.
Gerbera daises develop deep root systems and do not tolerate repotting well. They usually survive for about only three years as potted houseplants.
Gerbera Daisy Indoor Care Tips
- When the top soils feels dry, water the plant deeply.
- Let the pot drain completely before returning the plant to its usual location.
- Water at the base, keeping leaves dry.
- In winter, water sparingly
- During spring and summer feed the plant with regular fertilizer.
- Remove any blooms that wilt to promote regrowth.
- If the plant grows too big, repot in a larger pot.