Seeds forum: Gerbera daisy seeds won't germinate!

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 1, 2014 7:38 PM CST
I grew about 4 gerbera (store bought). They are huge and blooming profusely, I got so many to seed. I picked out the fattest seeds (which wasn't many) and planted them in organic soil mixed with perlite, well drained. Put pot in sun and kept soil moist but not soggy, never drying out. Gave it a month nothing grew! I've grown every kind of seed you can imagine, this is the first I've never had sprout! Could the daisies be sterile cultivars?
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Aug 2, 2014 7:07 AM CST
I went though thousands of seeds it seemed before I found a few that would germinate from the plants I had. Finally just bought some more plants.
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abhege
Aug 7, 2014 1:53 PM CST
And the plants multiply so well I usually just divide them.
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Seedfork
Aug 7, 2014 4:28 PM CST
My plants seldom if ever multiply, don't ever remember one actually multiplying. However, they do subtract pretty well. I do have one plant by the mail box that has been there for several years, the others just slowly fade away after a couple of years.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 7, 2014 4:45 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! I'd like to use that one if I may, Seed. "...subtract pretty well." Hilarious!
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 7, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Yes, that's a good one! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Really though? I am surprised. Mine always do. I have divided them several times.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Aug 7, 2014 6:57 PM CST
I have tried them in several different places, the one by the mail box blooms every year but has not multiplied. I had maybe eight or ten in a bed, they slowly died back to maybe half a dozen. I moved them to a shadier location, that helped for a while, but I got very few blooms. So I moved a couple and bought three or four more and put them in a sunny location. I now have one yellow gerbera blooming and growing in the sun, and one very small plant struggling in the shade.
Oh, I also now have a fairly new one in a pot, my wife got for some occasion. It nearly died, after the initial burst of blooms, but I did manage to nurse it back, it faded again, but came back, I have been away and I have not thought to check on it since I got back. I will do that tomorrow, I did place it in the shade and we had some rain while we were gone.
Do they need much fertilizer, the one in the pot seemed to love Miracle Grow and I don't use that in the garden anymore.
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abhege
Aug 8, 2014 6:35 AM CST
I pretty much ignore mine. I have some in the ground and some in pots I overwinter in the greenhouse. I did lose some planted in the open garden but the ones in befs and pots are doing fine. I have never been able to germinate from seed and I do a lot of seeds, some very fussy.
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abhege
Aug 8, 2014 6:40 AM CST
Confused You can see in the second picture how much it has multiplied. I just take a sharp trowel or shovel and cut it into sections

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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Aug 13, 2014 9:08 PM CST
I find that gerbers planted in the ground here are prone to rot at the crown and are best planted high. This is especially good if you live in a high rainfall area like I do. They take full sun to partial sun, otherwise they get powdery mildew and/or sooty mold. They do need dividing every 2 or 3 years. I feed once in the spring and again in late summer, if I remember. And like Abhedge, I pretty much ignore them otherwise and they flourish. Also, if you mulch, be sure to keep it away from the crown, especially during a wet season.
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woofie
Aug 25, 2014 11:01 AM CST
Did you completely cover your seeds? You're only supposed to poke them in the soil about halfway. I've had pretty good luck growing them from seed; it's just the keeping them alive afterwards that seems to elude me! Hilarious!
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kqcrna
Aug 25, 2014 2:52 PM CST

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I've never tried them from seeds, but like Woofie, I'm not good at keeping them alive, even healthy store bought ones. They always croak.

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 29, 2014 12:43 PM CST
I FINALLY got seedlings! One flower happen to have lots of good seed, yet a month ago the same flower produced dud seeds, mabye temp affects sterility?

They are growing in same pot, when can I transplant them to their own small pot?

I've got a problem, in 2 or so months it might be too cold to keep them outside and all I have is a small windowsill, will they grow inside for months in small pots under a gro light so come next spring I'll put them outside.
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woofie
Aug 29, 2014 12:53 PM CST
I'd wait at least until they have their second set of true leaves, then move them carefully. And I'd recommend putting them in clay pots because they have better drainage. It's possible to successfully overwinter them, but do watch out for aphids. That's always been my main problem. They'll do much better with natural light if you can provide it. Someone, somewhere once suggested using mirrors to concentrate and direct natural light onto indoor plants.
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