Native to South Africa, gerber daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) are a brilliant garden flower variety. Growing up to 18 inches tall and blooming from early summer to frost, gerber daisies are long-lasting blooms that make ideal fresh-cut flowers. The daisy-like blooms grow 6 inches above the foliage to sit atop the upright, leafless stem. Growing 4 to 7 inches wide, the flower grows in a wide range of colors, including pink, yellow and orange. The long, slender leaves of gerber daisies grow up to 10 inches long and are clustered at the base of the plant. The USDA hardiness zone for planting is 8.
Make sure the gerber daisy is receiving morning sun and afternoon shade, their ideal growing environment, to ensure a healthy flower.
Water gerber daisies in the early morning or after the sun has set to prevent evaporation. Allow the gerber to dry out in between watering and always water at the base of the flower and not the flower head.
Fertilize the gerber daisy on a regular basis. Apply a complete fertilizer to the flower once a month to ensure a successful growing season. Gerber daisies are susceptible to deficiencies in iron and manganese, so make sure the fertilizer contains these essential nutrients.
Deadhead or remove spent gerber daisy blooms to avoid diseases and pests and ensure a long flowering season. Remove the spent flower by cutting off the flower at the base of the plant.
Place the gerber daisy, a flower that cannot tolerate cool outdoor temperatures, in a container when the outdoor temperatures reach below 30 degrees F and bring indoors for winter.