How to Prune Gerber Daisies

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Overview

The family of daisies is made up of dozens of species with many different shapes, sizes and colors. Daisies are sown directly into the ground in April for summer blooms. Daisies, including the gerbera (or gerber), require a loose, well-draining soil prepared with a granular fertilizer and organic compost. Scatter the seeds over the raked soil then cover the seeds loosely. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings sprout. Keep the grown gerber daisy plants watered, fed and pruned for best results.

Step 1

Prune only the stems of your gerber daisies during the growing season.

Step 2

Divide the gerber daisy plants every 3 years by driving a stake through the center of the unearthed plant and replanting each part.

Step 3

Trim your gerber daisy plants down 6 inches in late fall. Cover them with an organic mulch to protect them in winter.

Step 4

Remove the dead flowers and leaves to prevent fungus and pest infestation. Remove the dead flowers from the base of the plant.

Step 5

Take off the spent flowers after blooming to encourage new blooms.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not prune the entire plant while it is first growing or you will hinder any future blooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Garden snips

References

  • Dave's Garden: Gerber Daisies

Who Can Help

  • Gerbera Daisy
Keywords: Gerbera daisy, Gerbera, prune Gerber daisy

About this Author

Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and ehow.com.

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