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The Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a fun, whimsical, tender-perennial plant. The flowers bloom pink, red, orange, yellow, or white making this a versatile plant as well. While this plant has become popular in the last few years, it still remains finicky in it’s living environment. However, given the right conditions, it will blossom and bring smiles to those who love it.
The Gerbera makes a great patio container plant, or can be planted in a flowerbed. It needs full sun in the fall, winter, and spring, but may need partial shade in the summer. Keep the well-drained soil moist, though do not over-water. If planted in a container, there should be adequate drainage. Also, plant the daisy slightly higher than the soil level it came at in the container from the soil to avoid crown rot.
Gerberas like a loose, slightly acidic soil and will need occasional fertilizer. It flowers repeatedly throughout the growing season and is attractive to bees, butterflies, and even some birds. (Though deer do not like the daisies.)
Plant Gerberas with ornamental grasses, other daisies, and blue salvia. Make sure you pay attention to the spacing between plants so air can circulate. These plants need between 8-12 inches from the center of one plant to the center of the next. This helps prevent diseases and pest problems. If you do notice spots (leaf spot disease) or a whitish powdery substance (powdery mildew) on the leaves, you can treat the diseases with an anti-fungal from your local garden shop. Leaf miners, mites, and thrips are the critters who like this plant as much as you. Your local garden shop also has chemicals to help control the insects. However, it is always better to give your plant the environment it wants, so there isn’t a need to use toxic chemicals.
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