African Daisy, Transvall Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Barberton Daisy
Gerberas are tender herbaceous plants native to South Africa and
members of the Daisy family, Compositae (or Asteraceae). The
plants produce numerous long stalked daisy like blooms in a variety of
colors. They are best suited as potted plants or annuals in
cooler climates, but in the deep south of the US, they may be grown
outdoors as perennials.
Gerberas thrive in a rich loamy soil with peat and compost and a
scattering of sand. Small seedlings should be kept moist and
shaded until they are firmly established. Established plants
should be planted in full sun and well watered during the growing
season, but once
growth has slowed in the fall, they should be kept drier,
only being watered when the soil is completely dry.
If growing the plants outdoors in very warm climates, they should be
planted in a well drained soil enhanced with compast or leaf mold and
sand, if necessary. The soil should be worked to about 12
inches. Seedlings should be spaced at 12 inches apart each way,
being careful not to cover the crown.
Propagation is carried out by means of cuttings taken from basal
shoots in the spring and by sowing seed. Cuttings should be
inserted into a sand/peat mixture and kept in a covered box until they
root. Once a good set of roots has formed, they should then be
transplanted to pots. Seeds should be sown in a sand/peat mixture
and kept moist and covered with plastic or glass until seedlings
appear. Once seedlings reach about 2 inches in height, they
should be transplanted to pots and grown on.
Gerbera leaves have been made into poultices and used to treat wounds.
Hardy to 40F (4.4C)
|#1295 Packet $10.50 Approximately 25 seeds||
|#BC-1295 Bulk seed 100 seeds
California Giants Mix - Gerbera jamesonii - Long stemmed
flowers in bright colors. A good old fashioned mix for bedding,
pots, or cut flowers. Height: 18 inches
|#5839 Packet $5.50 Approximately 25 seeds||
|#BC-5839 Bulk seed 100 seeds
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