The Gerbera daisy is a native of Transvaal, South Africa. They are in the same family as the sunflower and are a beautiful, bright-colored flower grown in flower gardens everywhere. These flowers are perennials but are not frost hardy so they are treated as annuals north of gardening zone 9. Many people grow them for cutting and placing in flower arrangements. They have about 6-inch stems and flowers that are 4 to 7 inches across. You can find them in white, yellow, orange, pink or red.
Fill a planting flat that has drainage holes 2 to 3 inches deep with vermiculite. Using you finger, make small trenches twice as deep as the seed is wide, from one end of the flat to the other. You will need to plant 10 to 20 weeks before the date of the last frost.
Plant the seeds in the trenches and cover lightly with vermiculite. Wet the soil with a spray bottle or watering device that will not wash out the seeds.
Cover the flat with a sheet of glass or clear plastic and place in indirect sunlight. If you are in an area that does not have much sun, you can use a fluorescent light about 18 inches above the flat.
Check the soil every few days to make sure it is not drying out. Spray to keep moist while the seeds germinate.
Fill small pots with potting soil to 1 inch from the top. Transplant the seedlings into the pots when you can see the first leaves.
Transplant outdoors in the spring a few weeks after the last threat of frost.