Flower lovers enjoy Gerber (also called Gerbera) daisies for their large, cheerfully colorful blossoms. Although these flowers only bloom for a few weeks (and are considered annuals in most states), they can be a lovely addition to the spring garden--or as a potted flower indoors. Gerbers enjoy plenty of light, good soil drainage but they don’t do well if kept too dry for too long. To keep your daisy alive and well for as long as possible, you must pay close attention to its watering needs.
Water gerber daisies at soil level (not via overhead sprinklers) immediately after planting in the garden or bringing them home in a pot (unless the potting soil is already saturated). Water them deeply--soil in flowerbeds should be wet at least 2 inches down. You can test this by poking your finger down in the soil. For potted daisies, water them until water seeps out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
Allow the soil to dry only slightly. It should still be moist but not muddy/sodden when you next water the daisies.
Water daisies at least once a day to keep soil moist when they are flowering. Gerber daisies don’t like to dry out too much or they will wilt and (possibly) perish. For outdoor plants, water in the morning so the moisture will seep into the soil, rather than evaporate in the heat of the day.
Things You Will Need
- Watering can or hose
- Watering at soil level (with a watering can or a garden hose), rather than with a sprinkler that showers the flowers with water, helps prevent leaf fungus (mildew).
- Although these daisies appreciate regular watering, they do need good soil drainage as they don't like standing in water. If soil is still moist to the touch, hold off on watering for a while longer.
- If your gerber daisies show signs of thirst (droopiness or wilted appearance) water them immediately.