Information on Gerbera Daisies

Overview

Gerbera daisies are colorful plants that belong to the Asteraceae family. The Gerbera genus has a wide distribution, blooming across Africa, tropical Asia, North America and South America. These cheerful plants are grown as perennials in the southern regions of the United States and annuals in the northern regions.

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Varieties

Popular Gerbera daisy varieties in the U.S. include the Barberton daisy, the Transvaal daisy and the ghostly daisy. The Ambigua, the Viridifolia and the Crocea species are commonly grown in South Africa.

Features

Gerbera daisies come in a wide range of yellow, pink, red and orange tones. The daisy-like flower can reach up to 7 inches across, and the plants typically range from 6 to 18 inches in height.

Uses

Gerbera daisies are commonly used as borders in perennial flower gardens and vegetable gardens. These flowers are frequently cut to create table arrangements.

Problems

Gerbera daisies are highly susceptible to gray mildew, leaf spots and powdery mildew. Potential pests include aphids, white flies and thrips.

Maintenance

Gerbera seeds need high humidity and temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate. Mature Gerbera daisies require plenty of water and full sun.

Fun Facts

Gerbera daisies are the third most popular florist blooms. Gerbera daisy flowers symbolize beauty, innocence, cheerfulness and purity.

References

  • Greenhouse Production of Gerbera Daisies
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