Gerbera Daisy is a bright vibrant daisy available in a variety of colors including red, pink, yellow, and orange with a wide flower growing on a single stem. The stem is sturdy enough for the flower to be cut and used in a flower bouquet.
They make lovey houseplants that brighten up any room and bring some fresh new colors. They require a room temperature of around 70 degrees, a bright sunny window, and regular watering to stay healthy and happy. Gerbera daisies will re-bloom over again and generally last about three years indoors before you need to replace it.
Outdoors, the Gerbera is a perennial in zones 8-11 but is treated as an annual in other zones. They can be planted directly in the soil, but also do very well in a patio pot. Needing full sun, they will re-bloom often with regular deadheading. The blooms seem to last so much longer than many other annual flowers — leading them to be one of the easiest flowers to grow.
Some tips to keep them at their best, indoors or outdoor:
- Keep the plants moist, but not overly wet as that might lend it to developing fungus.
- Water in the morning to give the leaves a chance to dry out over the day.
- If you want to try your hand at propagating a gerbera daisy – a root division would do the trick.
These are definitely one plant every gardener should try out. Their happy blooms will have you smiling every time you go out into your garden or pass the bouquet on your dining room table.
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