Bright pink Gerbera daisies
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A tropical flower, Gerbera daisies are known for their 4-inch brightly colored blossoms and large rust colored centers. Available in pink, red, orange as well as other colors, Gerbera bring bright colors indoors during their spring blooming period. A potted Gerbera daisy has a life span of approximately 3 years before it stops blooming. Ensuring your Gerbera will continue to produce blooms indoors for at least that long requires proper care.
Purchase Gerbera in pots that are a minimum of 6 inches in diameter and have plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. Check the drainage holes for roots and avoid those with roots coming out of the holes as these plants have become root bound and won't fare as well.
Place potted daisies in a brightly lit window where there is no direct sunlight---such as a south facing window. Supplement sunlight with diffused artificial light as necessary.
Water as the soil becomes dry to the touch. Avoid over-watering, which will drown the roots of the daisy. Water deeply by placing the pot into a shallow tray full of water for 3 to 5 hours and allowing it to soak up the water it needs to survive.
Apply a liquid fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks. Mix the fertilizer at half strength when using it for potted plants.
Prune the daisy regularly to remove spent stems and dead or dying leaves. Cut wilted leaves and stems off at the base of the plant. Remove withered blooms as necessary to encouraged further flowering.