The Q&A Archives: Gerbera Daisy

Question: I just received a gerber daisy as a gift. I have never had a house plant before; is this kind even good for inside? and if so, how do I care for it? It came with no instructions. Any info would be much appreciated.

Answer: Gerbera jamesonii or Transvaal daisy is native to South Africa and loves growing indoors. 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.

Gerbera daisies are fussy about watering. Try not to splash water on the crown of the plant. Gerbera daisies like the nightime temperature to be about 60F degrees, and the daytime temperature about 75F. The plant will take full morning sunshine, but appreciates some afternoon shade.

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