Gerbera daisies will add bright color to a sunny flower bed.
image by cooee: morguefile.com
Gerbera daisies are in the same family as sunflowers, zinnias and marigolds. These large and showy blooms are popular both in flowerbeds and in bouquets of cut flowers. In warm climates, gerbera daisies are perennial, and in colder climates, gerberas are grown as annuals. Find a prominent spot in a sunny garden to display a colorful grouping of gerbera daisies and enjoy these beautiful blooms all summer long.
Work the soil with the garden spade and add at least 2 inches of compost to the top of the soil. It is important to provide a well draining (and even a sandy) soil for Gerbera daisies to prevent root disease. Add more compost if necessary to create a soil that will drain efficiently. Work the compost into the dirt so that it is completely incorporated.
Dig holes for the daisies that are between 12 and 18 inches apart. Make the holes deep enough so that the plant crowns will be even with the soil or slightly higher. The crown must be high enough above the soil line so that it dries out completely between watering. If the crown sinks below the soil surface, it may begin to decay and the plant will die.
Water the potted Gerbera daisies prior to taking them out of the temporary containers. Remove the daisies from the pots and loosen the outer edges of the roots.
Place the daisies into the prepared holes and refill the holes with soil around the roots. Make sure that you can see the crowns of the plants after tamping the soil down around the daisies.
Water the daisies well after planting. Add between 1 and 2 inches of mulch around the base of the plant. Do not cover the crown with mulch.
Fertilize the plants once a month. Consult the instructions on the fertilizer package to find the recommended amounts for the size of your growing area.