How to Propagate Gerbera Daisy Plants from Cuttings
Gerbera daisies are a showy plant that many gardeners enjoy growing. Cut the blooms and bring them indoors for floral arrangements or leave them outside in a flowerbed to add beautiful color to your landscapes. One simple and fast way to propagate gerbera daisies is from cuttings.
Fill one 3-inch potting container with potting soil for each stem cutting.
Find healthy and vibrant gerbera daisies in the summer during the peak of growth. Clip off a stem just above soil level and then cut the stem again so that you have a 6-inch stem piece. Remove any blooms from the top of the stem and any leaves from the bottom.
Dip the bottom end of the stem into rooting hormone and place the stem into the potting soil.
Lightly spray the soil with water and place a plastic bag over the container to keep the stem moist. Spray the soil each day.
Keep the containers where they receive indirect sunlight, and watch for the stems to show signs of growth. This will indicate that the stems are taking rootl. Remove the plastic bags from the containers and continue to keep them evenly watered throughout the winter months.
Transplant the new gerbera daisies to larger containers when they are established and growing well. Move them outside in the spring.
Pour equal parts perlite, vermiculite and sphagnum peat moss into a bucket. Fill a 4-inch pot to 1 1/4 inch below the top with the media mixture. Place a clear plastic bag over top of the pot. The bag will trap evaporating moisture, raising the humidity level above the seeds. Position the mat away from heating and cooling vents and in bright, indirect sunlight. Place the pot on top of the mat. Remove the plastic bag and feel the soil with your finger. Pour the water slowly into the pot to avoid washing the media from off the seeds. Do not allow the media to become soggy. Fertilize the seedling once per week with a 10-10-10 nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium water-soluble fertilizer once it develops three sets of true leaves.
- Gerbera daisies
- Garden shears
- Rooting hormone
- Potting containers (3- and 8-inch diameter)
- Potting soil
- Plastic bags
- Spray bottle of water
- Gerbera Daisies
- Propagating Gerbera Daisies
- Floridata: Gerbera Jamesonii
- Auburn University College of Agriculture: Gerbera Daisy
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- Taylor's Guide to Annuals: How to Select and Grow More Than 400 Annuals, Biennials, and Tender Perennials; Barbara W. Ellis