Ask a Question forum: Gerbera Daisy losing petals

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Jul 25, 2016 8:12 PM CST
I have a gerber Daisy plant that was beautiful. The first blooms died, and the new blooms I now have have what seem to be underdeveloped petals. They fall off with the slightest touch and are a brown orange color (the gerber Daisy is a light orange). What could be the problem? I have done so much research and can't find any answers. The plant gets a fair amount of sun each day, but is not in full sun all day. I water when it wilts and fertilize regularly.
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Name: Zuzu
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Jul 26, 2016 8:50 PM CST

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The foliage of your Gerbera looks good, so you are giving it enough water. Does it get too much sun? The blooms on my Gerberas get bleached out unless I give them only morning sun, but I'm in zone 9 and I don't know where you're growing these. You should cut the flower stems all the way to the base as soon as the blooms start to look faded. Is it possible that it's planted too deep? Gerberas like to be planted high, whether they're in a container or in the ground, so that the crown never comes into contact with the soil.

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