Gerbera daisy is a favorite cutflower and tender perennial for containers and mixed beds. It is a South African native, so it grows best in places where summers are cool.
When growing conditions are favorable, it bears large daisies year-round (with peaks in late spring and late fall). These may be red, orange, yellow, white or pink and appear above evergreen mounds of large, shallowly lobed, dark green leaves. Flowers have very large centers, often in contrasting colors, that may be red, yellow, orange, white, pink or near black. Spent flowers should be removed to encourage flowering.
Plants prefers fertile, well drained soil and full to part sun. When cultivated in a greenhouse gerbera daisy grows best in a soil-based potting mix, cool ambient temperatures and filtered bright light. Plants are highly susceptible to whitefly, especially when grown indoors.
Information source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/gerbera-jamesonii/
Genus - Gerbera
Species - Jamesonii
Variety - California Giants Mix
Common name - Gerbera Daisy
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,25 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Rich, light, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Houseplant, Mixed Borde
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Mixed
Sow indoors from January to April in trays or individual pots of seed compost.
Sow thinly, do not cover with compost. Firm gently and keep moist. Cover with glass, clear plastic or propagator lid.
Keep at +20-+25C. Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
Remove cover then seedlings appear. Grow on at ~+15-+18C.
Transplant when large enough in to 10 cm individual pots. Transplant in to larger ones then needed.
Remove dead flowers to prolong flowering. Keep moist and weed free.
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