Potted red gerbera flowers.
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Gerbera flowers refer to the stunning, tight blooms of this hardy daisy. Gerbera daisies often appear in arrangements from florists, and are greatly valued for their longevity as a cut flower. Gerberas come in nearly any color imaginable, and have a distinctive button daisy center surrounded by elongated flower petals. Gerbera flowers thrive in pots, or directly in planting beds.
Choose a planting location with full sun and well-drained soil.
Turn over the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Add soil conditioners such as compost or peat moss to increase drainage and add nutrients to the soil. Work this mixture into the top 12 inches of soil to help your gerbera daisies produce strong flowers.
Dig holes 1 1/2 times the size of the plant container. Space individual plants about 6 inches apart. Sprinkle soil conditioner into the plant hole to stimulate the roots.
Hold the plastic pot in your hand and squeeze the plastic while rotating the pot. This frees the soil inside the temporary planter and loosens the plant roots. Gently tip the plant over onto your palm to remove it from the container.
Place each gerbera daisy into the prepared hole so the top of the root ball lies 1 inch below the level garden surface. Fill in around the daisy with loose soil and press down to remove any air pockets. Add more soil to any indented areas around the plant, firming the soil as needed.
Mulch around the plant with a 2-inch layer of light material to discourage weeds and promote water retention.
Water with a light mist, or from the bottom of the plant. Place the garden hose near the base of the plant for watering. Water indoor potted gerbera plants from the bottom by placing the pot (with drainage holes) into a low tray filled with water.
Clip back any dying flowers all the way to the base of the plant. This will limit any fungal growth or pest infestations. Never leave discarded flowers or stems lying around a blooming plant.