The Q&A Archives: Propagating Gerbera Daisies

Question: According to some information I recieved on the web, one way of propagating the gerbera daisy is to store the basal shoot inside for the winter, and then in spring the shoots can be used as cuttings. What is the basal shoot and is there any particular method of storing them to maximize success when transplanting in spring?

Answer: Gerbera daisies are native to South Africa where they are perennial plants. They grow from a root crown that spreads slowly to form big clumps. To propagate, the clumps of crowns are lifted and divided. You can try to divide the crown if it's large enough, or you can pot the crown up and grow it indoors all winter. In the spring new shoots will develop and you can divide the crown, leaving 2-3 buds or shoots on each division. Your divisions can be potted up for indoor or greenhouse plants, or grown outdoors beginning in April or May.

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