Name: gerbera, gerbera daisy, Transvaal daisy, Barberton daisy Gerbera jamesonii.
Height: small plant with flower stems to 45cm. Dwarf forms are available.
Climate: tropical and sub-tropical. Warm temperate if sheltered from strong winds. Grow indoors in cold climates.
Position: full sun.
Flowering and fruiting: large single or double daisy-like flowers up to 17cm in diameter, in a range of colours.
Feeding: apply slow-release fertiliser in spring, and high-potassium fertiliser when flower buds emerge.
Watering: water well during warmer months, being careful not to wash soil into the centre of the crown of the plant.
The gerbera is grown for its striking, brightly coloured flowers of orange, red, yellow and many other colours, growing from 30cm-wide rosettes of evergreen leaves. Depending on the variety, the gerbera will have single or double rows of petals surrounding yellow or dark colored centres.
Closely related to sunflowers, these gorgeous perennial plants are bred and grown for cut flowers, and can be planted together to form spectacular displays in sunny garden beds. Dwarf varieties look fabulous mass-planted in the garden or in pots.
Follow these tips for best results when planting your gerbera:
Gerberas require a little care, and will reward you with amazing colour:
Fungal diseases like powdery mildew, rust and root rot due to waterlogging in the pot are treated with a fungicide—always follow the directions on the package. Watch out for aphids, mites, thrips and white fly. All of these may be treated with an appropriate insecticidal spray or pest oil.
Gerberas are easily grown from seed in spring or early summer in trays with good-quality seed-raising mix.
Divide your gerbera clumps in late summer or autumn by lifting the clump from the ground with a garden spade. Brush off the soil, then cut through the roots with a clean knife so that each piece has healthy roots and at least one crown. Replant so that the crown is just above the soil level. Water in well.
Dwarf sunflowers: gorgeous annual with compact gold and yellow petals growing to around 45cm.
Swan River daisy: great plant for rockeries, containers or as a ground cover, with dainty mauve, blue or white daisy-like flowers.
Osteospermum: compact and easy to grow, with daisy-like flowers providing long-lasting colour in a sunny position in the garden.
Federation daisy: in a pot or in the ground, this daisy comes in a stunning range of colours, and will flower from autumn to spring.
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