The Q&A Archives: Gerber Adaisies

Question: I am an experienced gardner, but have no success with Gerbera Daisies. Once the newly purchased plant has lost its blooms, it won't bloom again during the summer. Some people who don't really garden have great success with Gerberas. I'm about to quit, but when I see them in nurseries blooming so beautifully, I always seem to have to try again (without success). I would appreciate any suggestions you have; however I believe I've tried about everything. Thank you

Answer: Don't quit growing Gerbera Daisies - you can be successful! Here's what they need:
Gerbera daisies grow best in full sun and well-drained, sandy soils that have been amended by tilling a 1- to 2-inch layer of organic matter into the plant bed. If the soil is not well-drained, grow them in containers or raised beds. When planting gerbera daisies, the number 1 rule is to keep the plant's crown slightly above the soil line. They are prone to crown rot, and if the crown is too close to the soil line, the disease is more likely to occur. Water infrequently, but deeply. In fact, allow the plants to show a slight wilt between waterings. For best growth, fertilize gerbera daisies each month during the growing season. Use a product containing minor elements, such as a fertilizer formulated for roses. To decrease disease problems, remove spent flowers or dead leaves immediately. Also, it ?s the nature of gerbera daisies for their crown to gradually sink into the soil as they grow. Because of this, dig, divide and reset the plants each year. This also offers the opportunity to rejuvenate the soil with additional organic matter.

Best wishes with your gerbera daisies!

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