Gerber Daisy Features

The Gerber, or Gerbera, daisy is a native of South Africa and has become one of the most widely available and commonly used flowering landscape plants in United States gardens. It belongs to the large Aster family, and the many varieties come in a range of colors and sizes, including white, yellow, orange, pink, crimson, purple and some that are multicolored, with rays of contrasting color on the petals.

Bold Colors

The Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden website reports that the bold colors of the Gerber daisies make them interesting to gardeners, who value them for their carefree growth habits as well as the color they add to gardens throughout the spring, summer and into fall months.

Long-Lasting Flowers

Gerber daisies make attractive displays of cut flowers, with their blooms lasting for up to 10 days, according to Hortchat.com. This site advises cutting flowers early in the day and then promptly putting them in tepid water. If you mix 1 tsp. sugar and two drops of bleach in 1 gallon of water before you fill a vase with this mixture, it will help to keep your Gerber daisy arrangement fresh for the maximum amount of time.

Easy to Grow

Gerber daisy seeds sprout quickly and easily, so many people purchase seeds and begin their flower garden from them. They are a summer annual in climates that receive winter frost and prefer full sun and moist soil. In areas with hot summers, the Gerber daisy does best when it grows in a partly sunny area. You can grow this plant as a houseplant, but it is better suited to life outdoors. If you allow some of your flowers to form seeds, they will drop to the ground, and with a little luck, you will find young plants sprouting when spring arrives.

Require Average Humidity and Temperature

The Gerber daisy needs only average humidity, so it is unnecessary to mist your plant or to provide additional humidity, unless you are growing it as a houseplant. Bachman’s website suggests misting houseplants once a week, especially during winter, but avoid getting open flowers wet. This flowering plant is a good choice for areas where the summers are not extremely hot; when the mercury tops 70 degrees F, Gerbers may stop blooming. You can plant your Gerbers under a tree where they will receive filtered sunlight if your summer days usually rise into the 80s or higher, but they do need sufficient light to grow large and bloom to their maximum potential.

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About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.