Gerbera Jamesonii hybrida
Gerbera Festival Mix produces multiple large, spectacular flowers and high bud count on every plant. Festival is the Gerbera series growers can depend on for strong production performance in the greenhouse or in a flower bed for home use or for cuttings. Gerbera daisies as one of the popular flowers to the consumer, with their clean-cut features and bright clear colors. Our Festival Mix is a happy blend of the brightest shades and most interesting flower forms, so each plant brings a new surprise on every stem! And with a summer-through-fall bloomtime, you'll keep your vases full and still have enough to dot the color with a shower of brilliant colorThe market-leading Festival Grower Mix offers a uniform plant habit with multiple stems, bearing sizeable flowers in a multitude of colors. A high germination standard and tight flowering window make this mixture a grower favorite. This formula mixture consists of 8-10 balanced colors with exceptional plant and flowering uniformity, and is recommended for pot production. Height: 10 to 12", 6 to 8" spread. Wonderful for a cutting program. Hardy Zones 9-11.
Customarily grown as an "annual" for containers, it also makes a good border perennial where winters are mild.
How to Grow Gerbera Daisy From Seed
Sow Gerbera Daisy seeds indoors 8 - 10 weeks before the last frost. Place the pointed end of the flower seed down when sowing
and barely cover as the seeds need light to germinate.
|Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Or you can direct sow outdoors when the soil is thoroughly warm in the spring,|
|Transplant when the seedlings have at least two sets of true leaves and the soil is completely warm in spring.|
Soil needs to drain well, and heavy clay should be amended with compost. Because the plant is susceptible to crown rot and produces fewer flowers in wet soil, it is a candidate for raised beds and containers. Plant out when nighttime temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Flowers bloom in early summer.
Cut gerbera daisy blooms back after they fade to keep the plants flowering all summer. The mother plants are evergreen during the dormant season in warm climates, meaning growth simply slows and flowering stops until spring. The plant forms clumps of lush, green foliage that stays low to the ground.
In cooler areas where gerbera daisies are generally treated as annuals, you can overwinter them in pots in a sheltered, frost-free area that receives bright light. Water only enough to prevent the rootball from drying out. These plants put down deep taproots and don't transplant well once established. If you expect to overwinter plants indoors, plant them in pots and sink the pots in the soil, removing the pots when the weather turns cooler. Be careful not to plant the crowns too deep since the plants are susceptible to crown rot and can die. Established plants do well in full sun as long as you keep them well watered.