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How to Deadhead Gerbera Daisies

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How to Deadhead Gerbera Daisies

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Overview

Gerbera daisies sport large, colorful blooms with bright centers. Bright pink, purple and yellow are just some of the color varieties available. Grown as a perennial outdoors in the southern United States or as a potted or bedding annual in the north, prolonging the blooms of the Gerbera daisy adds color indoors or out for much longer than just letting them go to seed. Once a plant produces seeds, it stops flowering. Arresting seed development encourages further blooming.

Step 1

Inspect the flower during blooming for spent flower heads. Look for browning and withering of the petals.

Step 2

Cut off the stem supporting the spent bloom near the base of the plant, using sharp and clean scissors. Avoid cutting into the leaves emerging in the area.

Step 3

Check the plant for seed heads forming where blooms have already withered away. These form on the top of the stem once the petals fall off. Snip the stems with seed heads off at the base.

Step 4

Remove all petals that have fallen into the pot or onto the garden bed to clean up the appearance and prevent fungal diseases from breeding in them.

Step 5

Continue checking and removing spent flower heads until all blooming has stopped. Cut off the last of the stems but allow the foliage to die back naturally if you are growing Gerbera as perennials. Dig up and dispose of the plant if growing as an annual.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not try and pull up the entire stem, as this will uproot the daisy or damage the crown.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

References

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Keywords: Gerbera daisies, deadheading flowers, prolonging blooming

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.