Gerbera daisy is a warm-season perennial hardy to USDA Zone 8, but is grown in Northern climates as an annual. These daisy-like, three-inch flowers bloom on slender stalks of up to two feet tall, making them ideal for cut flowers and floral displays. Colors range from shades of yellow and orange to brilliant crimson and shades of pink. Mass planting creates a splash of color that attracts bees and butterflies.
Prepare a flowerbed in a sunny or partially sunny location. Gerbera prefers morning light with some shade in the afternoon. Till the soil to a depth of eight to 10 inches and remove any rocks, twigs or other plant debris.
Amend the soil with two to three inches of peat moss or compost to improve the texture of the soil and promote drainage. Gerbera daisies like soil rich in organic matter, and they thrive when drainage is good and the soil is rich.
Plant nursery-grown Gerbera with the crown at soil level or slightly above the soil level spaced 12 to 18 inches apart. Gerbera daisy is susceptible to crown rot if the crown is below the surface of the soil. Firm the soil down around the plant to remove air pockets and stabilize the plant.
Water thoroughly to a depth of six to eight inches to moisten the root ball. Maintain a regular schedule of watering when the soil has dried.
Apply a water-soluble fertilizer once a month to promote lush foliage and bright blooms.
Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms. This tricks the plant into thinking it has not produced enough seed to reproduce and will continue to bloom as long as you remove old flower heads.