Gerbera daisies, with their large colorful flowers, bring beauty indoors or outdoors. In cold regions, these flowers won't last outdoors through the winter, but they are easy to grow and do well in sunny locations. Planting these daisies in spring, after temperatures remain at least 10 degrees or more above freezing all day and night, will give any flower bed a burst of color. Gerbera daisies, although picky about temperature and water, are easy to grow. With just a little effort, you can reap colorful rewards by planting these flowers.
Start gerbera daisies from seed indoors or buy young plants from your garden retailer. It is easy and cheap to start these from seed. If you don't want to wait to have these blooming in your garden, it is better to use starter plants instead of seed. If starting from seed, use good peat-based potting soil and plant the seeds in a flat. Keep them watered and warm. When plants are two or three inches tall, and the weather stays above freezing, you can plant them outdoors (or replant them in a larger pot, if they stay inside).
Choose a sunny flower bed. Morning and evening sun is best. If you water them enough they can handle afternoon sun as well. Use a garden trowel to work the soil four to six inches down.
Add starter fertilizer to the soil to help the young plants get started. At this time add aerating matter (such as peat moss) if your soil is hard-packed, clay. Keep plants at least six inches apart so they will have ample room to grow. Nestle the daisies into their holes, as deep as they were in their pots but no deeper.
Water them well at ground level, not from an overhead sprinkler, and do it at least daily (mornings). In hot months, they will require more frequent watering--at least twice a day. Gerbera daisies eventually will droop and look wilted when very thirsty. Avoid letting them get this dry.
Pick off dead blooms and wilted leaves daily or as necessary. Use a flowering plant fertilizer twice a month, or as the fertilizer label indicates, while they are blooming. Blooming plants require extra nutrients to create beautiful blooms. You can, alternatively, use fertilizer stakes. These give a continuous supply of fertilizer in small amounts.