Gerbera daisies are probably among the most whimsical flowers available. Named after German naturalist Traugott Gerber, the first person to successfully propagate the South African flower outside of Africa, gerbera daisies include such varieties as the Barberton daisy and the Transvaal-- both popular cut flowers. In storybook-like shades of yellow, pink, red and purple, gerberas are floral arrangement staples. Gerberas are easy to maintain but challenging to grow from seed. With patience and care, daisies can be propagated indoors for use inside or out.
Purchase fresh seeds from a reputable dealer. Gerbera daisy seeds have a very short germination period. Be sure that seeds are packaged in moisture-free packaging and keep seeds in a warm, dry location until used. Viable seeds must be planted immediately after being exposed to air temperatures.
Fill pots with a quality seed-starting soil that is light-weight and well-draining. Be sure that the pot has draining holes as well. Moisten the soil with water.
Push seeds just below the soil level in the middle of the pot. Do not cover.
Keep moist. Germination will take between 15 days to a month. Once the sprout begins to poke through, make sure the pot is in a mostly sunny position. Sprouts are extremely fragile and require a consistent temperature of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks. Plants are full-grown and will flower in a year.