The Q&A Archives: Gerbera Daisies

Question: First I need to make sure I'm asking about the correct flower. The daisies I want to grow are very large. The color I want to grow are white with an inside section that is pink.

Second, can I grow these flowers in my region? I live in Pasadena, Texas where it is generally warm & humid. I am NOT a gardener. I am just very interested in this particular flower so I thought I'd grow my own.

Answer: You've correctly identified one of the color combinations available, so we're probably both talking about Gerbera jamesonii or Transvaal daisy. The plant is native to South Africa and is particular about staying out of cold weather. Gerbera's thrive in full sun and rich soil with excellent drainage. They prefer a thorough watering and then dry soil, followed by a flooding again. The plants need frequent feeding during the growing season and will produce new leaves and flowers if the old leaves and flowers are pinched off regularly.

Most Gerbera's are discarded at the end of the season, or potted up and taken into a bright room or a cool greenhouse. Provide average household warmth, bright light and moist soil throughout the winter.

Many gardeners opt for collecting seeds in the autumn, sowing them indoors and having a full-grown plant ready for transplanting outdoors in the late spring.

If you're growing indoors, provide average household temperatures and lots of bright light. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. If all conditions are perfect, your plant will bloom in spring.

Good luck with your Gerbera!

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