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Planted Lifespan of Gerbera Daisies

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Gerbera daisies are one of the most popular cut flowers worldwide. Although they are commonly seen potted, they may be planted in your outside garden. They can live for several years.

Lifespan

Gerbera daisies are considered perennials, which means they live more than two years. The average lifespan of a Gerbera daisy is three to four years. A well-cared-for plant may live between three and 10 years.

Planting

To help promote a successful planting, obtain a potted plant from a nursery or home center, or propagate from another healthy plant. Select plants that look strong and appear to be free from disease. Plant Gerbera daisies in well-draining, ph-neutral soil.

  • Gerbera daisies are one of the most popular cut flowers worldwide.
  • Gerbera daisies are considered perennials, which means they live more than two years.

Care

Prolong the life of your plant by addressing problems quickly. Aphids and slugs are common problems for Gerbera daisies. Treat these pests naturally by using introducing aphids to the garden, and mulching near the bottom of the plant. Avoid over-watering. Plants exposed to too much water may experience mildew problems or rot.

Habitat

Gerberas are native to Southern Africa and tolerate heat well. They thrive best in the sunny warm conditions of U.S. gardening zones 9 through 11, where average minimum temperatures are between 0 degrees F and 40 degrees F. In the warmer months, Gerberas like consistent temperatures around 75 degrees.

  • Prolong the life of your plant by addressing problems quickly.
  • Aphids and slugs are common problems for Gerbera daisies.

Varieties

According to Gerbera.org, there are more than 30 varieties of the Gerbera daisy; the Barberton daisy is the most popular.

Gerbera Daisies Alive

Grow gerbera daisies in partial to full sun in soil that drains well. Amend the soil with 4 to 6 inches of organic matter, such as peat moss or compost, mixing it into the planting bed about 12 inches deep. If drainage is poor, the gerbera daisies are likely to succumb to root rot. Also, plant them so their crowns are at or 1 inch above the soil line. Water gerbera daisies at the base when the top 1/2 to 1 inch of soil and the crown dry out. Do so in the morning so your plants can dry during the day. If you use mulch, keep it about 2 inches from the crown so it does not stay moist for extended periods of time.

  • Grow gerbera daisies in partial to full sun in soil that drains well.
  • Also, plant them so their crowns are at or 1 inch above the soil line.

Gerbera Daisies Alive

Grow gerbera daisies in partial to full sun in soil that drains well. Amend the soil with 4 to 6 inches of organic matter, such as peat moss or compost, mixing it into the planting bed about 12 inches deep. If drainage is poor, the gerbera daisies are likely to succumb to root rot. Also, plant them so their crowns are at or 1 inch above the soil line. Water gerbera daisies at the base when the top 1/2 to 1 inch of soil and the crown dry out. Do so in the morning so your plants can dry during the day. If you use mulch, keep it about 2 inches from the crown so it does not stay moist for extended periods of time.

  • Grow gerbera daisies in partial to full sun in soil that drains well.
  • Also, plant them so their crowns are at or 1 inch above the soil line.
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