How to Grow Gerber Daisies

Overview

Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) comes from the same family as the sunflower. The gerber daisy grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 and 10. You can recognize the gerber daisy by its colorful petals surrounding its center flower. Petal colors come in pink, white, red, yellow and orange. Petals can reach 3 1/2 to 5 in diameter. Grow gerber daisies in an outdoor garden, or an indoor pot.

Step 1

Choose a location for your gerber daisy that gets full sun. If you have your daisy in a pot, you will need to add some artificial light. Gerber daisy blooms are the fullest when they get plenty of sun.

Step 2

Mix peat moss in with your soil. If you are growing your gerber daisy in a pot, use 50 percent peat moss and 50 percent potting soil. The soil must be well draining if your gerber daisies are going to thrive.

Step 3

Water your gerber daisies often so that the soil stays moist, but not soaked. This is important to remember while they are in bloom. During the winter months it is OK to allow the soil to dry out slightly in between waterings.

Step 4

Fertilize your gerber daisies once every two weeks with a 15-15-18 water-soluble fertilizer. Gerber daisies are heavy feeders.

Step 5

Watch your gerber daisies for spider mites, whiteflies and aphids. If you see them, spray the plant with an insecticidal soap.

Tips and Warnings

  • Powdery mildew, Botrytis, bacterial blight and impatiens necrotic spot virus are common disease among gerber daisies. If you spot any of these, use a fungicide or bactericide immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Soil
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Insecticidal soap

References

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Greenhouse Production of Gerbera Daisies
  • Bachmans: Gerber Daisies
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