Gerbera

Gerbera is from the Asteraceae family of plants named after Doctor Traugott Gerber who was a German botanist in the 1700s and a friend of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. It is native to South America, Asia, and Africa. Gerbera is used both as a garden flower and cut flower, though as cut flowers they tend to reinforce the stems with a wire as they droop easily. It is a rather popular cut flower in fact the fifth most used cut flower in the world.

Gerbera is a tender perennial that flowers summer to autumn. It comes in many colors from yellows oranges to pinks and red. It grows to about 8″ or 20cm for the dwarf and 2ft or 60cm for cut flower varieties. It is frost tender.

Gerbera
Gerbera

Gerbera needs cool well-ventilated condition, good light but shelter from the hot sun. The minimum temperature is 5°C or 41°F. plant it in rich and well-drained soil. Water freely in the summer to keep it moist, but they can suffer from root rot. Gerbera does not need pruning but can benefit from deadheading to encourage more flowers.

Propagate Gerbera from seeds in a controlled environment preferably early spring. It usually takes about 3 weeks to germinate. Once established it will produce flowers in 5-6 months. You can also propagate from division in spring. simply divide rootstock and crown into 4 pieces each with a bud, protect until well-rooted.

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