Caring for Gerbera Daisies

Overview

Gerbera daisies are herbaceous flowering annuals native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia that are prized for their large ornamental flowers. Depending on the variety, their flowers, which bloom during summer, come in vivid shades of red, yellow, orange, gold, pink or white and are popularly used in flower arrangements and bouquets. Gerbera daisies require only basic care to thrive, and they flower profusely, regardless of region.

Step 1

Plant gerbera daisies during late spring in a location that receives full sunlight throughout the day. Spread 2 inches of aged manure over the planting site, and use a garden tiller to incorporate the matter into the soil. Space gerbera daisies about 14 inches apart.

Step 2

Spread a 1-inch layer of organic mulch over the soil surrounding gerbera daisies to increase moisture conservation and suppress competitive weeds. Begin the layer at least 1 inch from the base of the plants to allow room for growth and air circulation.

Step 3

Water gerbera daisies once every five days during spring, summer and fall. Apply the water directly to the soil to avoid splashing water on the foliage, as moist leaves are more vulnerable to disease and fungal infestations.

Step 4

Feed gerbera daisies once per month using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) fertilizer. Water after applying to release the nutrients into the soil. Read the directions provided by the manufacturer for proper application and dosage information.

Step 5

Remove fading and dead gerbera daisy flowers as often as possible to encourage the formation of additional blooms. Pinch off the blossoms at their point of origin to reduce damage to the plant. Alternatively, pick gerbera daisies before they fade for use in flower arrangements.

Things You'll Need

  • Aged manure
  • Garden tiller
  • Organic mulch
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: Gerberas for Florida
  • University of Hawaii Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences: Gerbera Daisy
  • "The Carolina Gardener's Guide"; Jim Wilson and Toby Bost; 2005
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About this Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.