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Ksjsnow
May 10, 2017 12:37 PM CST
My gerbera daisy is still blooming but the leaves are constantly droopy-- how do I fix that?!?
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 10, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Is your gerbera in a pot or in the ground? In my own experiences with gerberas, if they're too dry, the leaves droop and a good soaking will perk them up. And if they're too wet, drooping leaves mean the plant is dying from rot. I've never managed to salvage one from that.
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Garden10
May 10, 2017 1:09 PM CST
woofie, I love them and almost bought a bunch today, but other things had to come first -- I want to plant them in a container, so any advice you want to give along with the answer to this question would be very much appreciated! Thank You!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 10, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I had the best luck growing them in unfinished terracotta containers. They dry out more quickly, so rot is less of a problem. AND, I don't know this from my own experience, but I have heard that they do not share space gladly.
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ctcarol
May 10, 2017 2:34 PM CST
I would agree with woofie. large clay pots work well for the first year. Beyond that, they will get root bound and need water daily here unless potted up to a larger pot. Watch for mealy bugs.
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Garden10
May 11, 2017 7:32 AM CST
Thank you both, so funny you should say that, years back, there was a neighbor who had a ton of smallish terracotta pots behind her garage that you were welcome to take, and I used to plant geberas one in each pot and line them up on stairs and such, and they did well, only for me, they're an annual. I only have resin containers available now, perhaps I can do something on the bottom, or maybe even use cactus soil...I'll have to see, Thank You!
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim

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