How to Plant a Gerbera Daisy


Gerbera daisies are very popular flowers due to their bright, cheerful colors. These daisies develop large blooms and are colorful, easy additions to any flower garden. They enjoy sunny, warm temperatures and dislike cold. Plant these outside only after the night-time temperature stays well above freezing and all danger of frost has passed.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your garden that gets a lot of sun. Ideally it would be an area that gets sun in the morning and evening when the sun is bright but not at its hottest.

Step 2

Using a garden spade, till the soil 3 to 4 inches deep. You'll be planting the daisies at least 6 inches apart, so keep that in mind when working the soil. For example, if you are planting three plants, you'll need to create a planting 18 to 20 inches long.

Step 3

Add peat moss to the soil to give it better drainage; this will help prevent rot. Work the moss in 2 to 3 inches deep. As an alternative to peat moss, you can use a small bag of light potting soil.

Step 4

Remove starter plants from their pots or their flats. Keep the soil they came with, but break up the roots a bit (by squishing the root ball gently) if they are root bound.

Step 5

Dig holes for each plant with the spade. Holes should not be too deep. You should plant the daisies only slightly above their root ball. Place each plant in the respective holes and fill in the sides to keep the plant steady. Water them thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Garden spade
  • Flowering plant fertilizer


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