The Q&A Archives: Gerbera Daisies

Question: I have 2 planters in front of my house that I just planted gerbera daisies in. Every morning one bloom is shredded and on the ground. What can I do? Also, now that the blooms have

Answer: I wish there were an easy answer to keeping rabbits and squirrels from raiding your planters, but there's not much you can do. There are some products on the market that claim to repel these pests, but your mileage may vary. Temporarily caging your plants with chicken wire or bird netting might encourage the pesky critters to go elsewhere might work. Are you sure the flowers are shredded? When daisies are old and spent they can drop their petals (but the center of the flower remains on the stem). If just the petals are on the ground, the flowers are spent; if the flower head was ripped from the stem, critters are at work. As for the remaining stem, cut it off the plant just slightly below the foliage level. New flowering stems will emerge all summer long as long as you keep the spent flowers pruned off.

Best wishes with your garden!

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