The Q&A Archives: Saving a Gerbera from Rot

Question: I bought a pair of Gerbera daisies last spring and grew them outside all summer. In the fall I transplanted them into a smallish pot to try to keep them alive and plant them outside again this spring. I think I got the soil too wet and compact and theyhave foot rot (I think) now. I've just recently reduced their watering to try to dry out the soil and have tried to aerate the soil by poking pencil holes deep into the soil. A few little green leaves keep trying to sprout up but only grow for about a week, then wilt and die. New sprouts keep growing up, but they seem to be getting weaker as time goes on. I'd really like to save them. Are they doomed?

Answer: Gerberas aren't too fussy, but the one thing they demand is very good drainage. They like a porous, fertile soil, and they especially dislike having water sitting in their crowns. (When transplanting, be sure the center of the crown of leaves is wellabove soil level.)<br><br>It's hard to say if the plant is "doomed". Since there are still new shoots, I'd keep trying. Give it plenty of sun, and check soil moisture every few days. It just might recover.<br><br>Gerberas prefer full sun,and airy conditions. A winter night time temperature of 50-55 is best.<br><br>

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