A beautiful White/Cream Gerbera flower is 4 inches across, and is such a lovely flower. Fast growing and early to flower. Great for your patio, cottage gardens, windowsills or window boxes. Also make excellent cut flowers.Height 10-14 inches, with an average germination time of 10-21 days. Gerbera jamesonii species is a tender perennial grown in gardens throughout the world often as an annual plant. Once an annual produces seed, its life cycle is complete, and the plant dies back. T Perennial plants produce flowers and then seed several times, coming up from the same roots each year before dying back. Tender perennials are perennials that are susceptible to injury or even death when temperatures drop below freezing. While they may come back from their roots, they also might not, so they benefit from winter protection. Gerbera daisies are considered to be perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10, tender perennials in zone 7 and annuals in lower zones. Space 12-16 inches apart.
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.