Gerbera jamesonii is from the Asteraceae family of plants. It is named after Doctor Traugott Gerber. He was a German botanist, in the 1700s, and a friend of the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus. It is native to South Africa. Gerbera jamesonii is commonly called Gerbera, Gerbera Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, or Barberton Daisy.
Gerbera jamesonii is used both as a garden flower and a cut flower. 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 jamesonii is a tender perennial. It flowers from summer to autumn. It comes in many colors from yellows to oranges, 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.
How to grow Gerbera jamesonii:
Gerbera jamesonii needs cool well-ventilated condition, good light but shelter from the hot sun. The minimum temperature it tolerates is 5°C or 41°F. plant it in organically rich and well-drained soil. Water freely in the summer to keep it moist, but they can suffer from root rot. Gerbera jamesonii does not need pruning but can benefit from deadheading to encourage more flowers.
Propagate Gerbera jamesonii from seeds. Sow them in a controlled environment, preferably in early spring. They usually germinate in about 3 weeks. Once established they will produce flowers in 5-6 months. You can also propagate Gerbera jamesonii from division in spring. Simply divide rootstock and crown into 4 pieces, each with a bud. Protect them until they are well-rooted.