Gerber Daisies are bright, colorful flowers that complement many other types of flowers. They are easy to grow and will add zest and beauty to your flower garden or indoor plant arrangements. This combination of factors makes them a popular choice for florists to use in fresh-cut bouquets and wedding arrangements.
The Gerber Daisy, also known as Gerbera or Transvaal Daisy, originated in South Africa. They were later introduced in Madagascar and Asia. It is now grown all over the world. In the warmer climates of Africa, this plant is a perennial. In the United States, the plant is an annual and is mostly grown as an indoor plant or in greenhouses.
The blooms of the Gerber Daisy may be red, pink, yellow, bright orange or white. Some of the white Gerber daisies have a peach color tone. Red Gerbers are brilliant in color and have a red center with a deep red inner core. Orange and yellow Gerbers normally have a solid yellow center, while the centers of white and off-white Gerber Daisies are gold-toned. All colors have glossy, deep green leaves.
Place Gerber daisies in a window that receives indirect or filtered sunlight. This should be away from heat sources that may dry out the plant. Gerber daisies may also benefit from the use of an artificial light source. Outdoors, grow them in an area that is in full sunlight.
These flowers grow well in USDA hardiness zones 9a through 11. Some areas in these hardiness zones include southern Texas, the Gulf Coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana, and most of Florida and Hawaii. Plant Gerber daisies in soil that is mildly acidic or neutral, with a pH of 6.1 to 7.5. They should ideally be placed 12 to 15 inches apart if being planted outdoors, or in medium-sized containers indoors.
Gerber daisies are excellent choices for planting in a bee or butterfly garden because the bright flower blooms attract these insects. Red Gerber daisies may also be used to attract hummingbirds to your backyard or garden because hummingbirds are attracted to red blooms. Gerber daisies are not well-liked by deer, so you may want to plant these in areas where deer have been a problem in the past.
Food & Water
Water Gerber daisies every seven to 10 days. You should slightly moisten the soil without soaking it. It is important for the soil to be evenly moistened. When they are not blooming, the Gerbera may be allowed to dry out slightly before watering again. The plants do not require any food for nourishment; however, if they are doing poorly, try giving them a liquid fertilizer.
There are more than 30 varieties of Gerber Daisy. Of these varieties, only 13 are known to grow in South Africa. Recently, smaller versions of the Gerber Daisy have been developed. These are known as Miniature Gerbera or Germini Hybrids. These flowers grow to be a mere 2 inches in height as opposed to the full-sized Gerbera, which is around 18 inches.