How to Plant Gerber Daisy Seeds


Gerber daisies provide impressive color to containers and beds. This tender perennial has daisy-like flowers in vibrant colors including pink, yellow and orange. Gerber daisies aren't frost tolerant, so they are often grown in pots or treated as an annual flower in the garden. Starting the flowers from seed allows you to add these flowers to your garden for minimal cost, but the seeds have specific cultural requirements to germinate properly. Start the seeds indoors eight to 10 weeks before the last expected spring frost.

Step 1

Fill seedling pots with a lightweight potting mixture, such as a peat and vermiculite soil. Water the potting mixture until the excess liquid drains from the bottom of the pot.

Step 2

Sprinkle two or three seeds on the soil surface in each pot. Cover with 1/8 to ¼ inch of potting soil, then mist the surface with water to moisten.

Step 3

Cover the pots with a clear plastic bag, which retains moisture in the potting medium during germination. Set the pots in an area that receives bright, indirect light such as near a south-facing window.

Step 4

Remove the plastic bag once sprouts emerge from the soil. Water the soil when the surface begins to feel dry.

Step 5

Thin the pot to the best seedling once the seedlings begin growing in their second set of leaves. Cut off the weaker seedlings at soil level with a small pair of scissors, taking care not to disturb the seedling that you are growing on in the pot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Gerber daisy seeds quickly lose their viability. Plant the seeds as soon as you receive them.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots
  • Potting mix
  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors


  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Greenhouse Production of Gerbera Daisies
  • University of Florida Extension: Gerberas for Florida
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