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brightly coloured gerbera flowers
In vibrant colours with broad petals, perfect for growing in pots or in the garden, the gerbera’s gorgeous daisy flowers are sure to find a place in your garden.

What you need to know about gerberas

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.

Soil: well-drained.

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.

Appearance and characteristics of a gerbera

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.

close up of pink gerbera flowers

Uses for the gerbera

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.

How to plant and grow a gerbera

Follow these tips for best results when planting your gerbera:

  • Choose a spot in full sun with well-drained soil. If you live in a cooler, wetter climate, plant your gerbera in a raised garden bed sheltered from cold.
  • When you are planting your gerbera, make sure the crown of the plant is at least 2cm above the soil level to help prevent rotting.
  • Cut off spent flowers regularly to encourage more flowers to grow.

Caring for a gerbera

Gerberas require a little care, and will reward you with amazing colour:

  • In the garden, give your gerbera a good deep soaking weekly in spring and summer. In autumn and winter, only water when the top 5cm of the soil has dried out.
  • If your gerbera is in a pot, don’t let it dry out completely when it is in flower. When it’s not flowering, only water it when the top 2cm of the soil is dry. Misting your pots once a week in autumn and winter will help to provide humidity.
  • Be careful not to splash water on the buds or flowers, as this may leave spots and cause disease.
  • Feed once a month in spring and summer for strong growth and good flowering.

Diseases and pests

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.

Growing gerberas from seed

Gerberas are easily grown from seed in spring or early summer in trays with good-quality seed-raising mix.

Dividing gerberas

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.

If you like this then try

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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