Growing Gerbera daisies is so rewarding. I love these vibrant, friendly flowers. They come in such a huge variety of shades and they're simply stunning. They make popular wedding bouquets, lovely flower arrangements in your home, and they simply add a pop of brilliance to your garden. If you're thinking that you can't grow them on your own, let me share some worthwhile tips for growing Gerbera daisies!
1. Pick the Perfect Size
One of the reasons growing Gerbera daisies is so much fun is because there's so much variety. You can find practically any color, from sunset pink to blazing orange to bright lemon yellow, but that's not all. Gerbera daisies are known for their big blossoms as well. They typically range in size between 2 inches and 5 inches, so you can find practically any size you like. That being said, a more compact flower is generally easier for the novice gardener, because the stems are sturdy.
2. How Does Your Garden Grow?
Another great thing about Gerbera daisies is that you can grow them in pots or in the ground. The method you choose will need special care, however, no matter which it is. Don't worry, you don't have to guess; I'll be covering all the basic tips for pots and gardens.
3. Of Seedlings and Seeds and Divisions
You have the option of growing your daisies from seedlings, divisions, or seeds. If you choose seeds, you have to get them in the ground right away, otherwise they won't be viable. Another downside is that they won't necessarily look the way you expect them to look. It's easier to grow your daisies from seedlings or plants that have divided. You know what they're going to look like and replanting is pretty simple.
4. Prepare the Right Soil
Gerbera daisies require very specialized soil, which is where many gardeners get it wrong. For instance, they despise clay soil, so keep away from that at all costs. They do best with sandy soil. If you don't have sandy soil, don't freak out. All you need to do is get some river sound and carefully mix it with your soil, whether you get it from your yard or buy it from the store.
5. Spend Time on Sunlight
Now, Gerbera daisies love full sunlight, although you can use artificial lighting if you grow your daisies inside. However, if you go through a run of days over 70 degrees, be careful; water them carefully, because they'll start wilting if they get overheated. At the same time, never keep them in temperatures under 45 degrees. Don't over-water them, and make sure your soil drains well, otherwise you'll have to deal with fungal diseases. Try to water them in the morning; that way the leaves can dry throughout the day and reduce your risks.
6. Fine Tune Your Fertilizer
Fertilizer definitely helps with growing Gerbera daisies. Mulch is great, but you can get fancy as well. Choose a liquid based fertilizer filled with micro-nutrients. Experts recommend fertilizers with fish emulsion or seaweed.
7. Beware the Crowns
Crown rot is a big worry with these daisies. It's most apt to occur if you plant their crowns down way too deeply. When planting, make sure that you can see the crown just above the soil and, again, give your plants time to dry after you water them. Don't cover the crowns with your mulch, either.
See? Growing Gerbera daisies isn't that hard at all! Once you pick the right size, get your soil and water sorted, and decide how you want to grow them, you're golden. Do you like Gerbera daisies? If you've got any tips on growing them, we'd love to hear!