Growing Gerbera in Pots
Gerebra daisies are lovely flowers which are known for colorful blooms ranging in pink, purple, white and blue. You must have noticed this flower in bouquets and vases gracing tables at home. It is preferred in floral arrangement due to its long lasting blooms and strong stalks. Generally gerebra has yellow disc made up of florets (a disc is made of number of florets – small flowers) at the center. Gerebra can be grown as annual as well as perennial. They add a pinch of color in autumn and summer gardens. The plant’s height ranges 1 – 5 feet depending on the variety.
Gerebra are propagated from seeds mostly. Gerebra seeds germinate quickly upon finding good condition. You can start them in early winter or late spring (Nov / Dec). Seeds would require adequate sun light for germination. Sow 2-3 seeds in each container / pot. Soil should be well drained and moist. Cover the container with plastic bag so that required moisture level could be maintained in container. Within 2 weeks seeds will germinate. Now move the saplings in direct sun location as Gerebra grows well in direct sun light.
You can propagate Gerebra by dividing it in early spring when plant is actively growing or late fall when they have stopped blooming. Dig up the plant and divide roots into 2-4 sections and plant into another containers.
Gerebra can be grown from cuttings too. Take cuttings just above the nodes on stem and plant in containers. Cover the containers with plastic bag to retain moisture in it.
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Use a small to medium sized container as they grow to a limited height. Container should have adequate number of drainage holes so that plant is not water logged.
Gerebra is grown in well drained soil. You can use loamy soil enriched with organic matter like dried leaves, manure and vermiculite. Vermiculture enhances fertility level of soil.
Sun / Temperature
Water regularly, keep the soil moist. They have high water requirements. Do not over water the plant as it can induce root rot.
Feed plants with liquid fertilizer when plant is actively growing and blooming.
Gerebra is susceptible to aphids, mealy bugs and spider mites. Keep an eye on them and treat the plant immediately.
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