Monday, October 15, 2012
It was Tammy of Casa Mariposa who gave me the idea for this post. She asked about the requirements for growing Gerbera daisies, so I thought I would share what I have learned. Although I was successful growing gerberas this year, it has not always been that way.
Each spring, I see the Gerbera daisies in the nurseries and garden centers. The blooms always make me smile and remind me of sunshine--but in various colors. They are so beautiful with the extended petals and wide open blooms I usually cannot resist buying some. And I buy them and plant them in the garden beds only to watch them wilt and die.
I am joining Carol of May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
This year, I thought I would try growing them once more before I completely gave up trying to grow them. I chose to plant them in containers, so I could have more control over them. I was hoping with that control I could figure out what conditions worked best.
I used a mixture of equal parts compost, humus, and cow manure for the potting soil. I planted some in clay pots with saucers and planted one in a hypertufa pot and one in a pot with sphagnum moss.
Here is what I learned:
Light - Prefers shade and some sun. Full sun is too harsh and causes the flower to wilt. Full shade does not provide enough light.
Water - Drench with water once a day. They do not like sitting in wet soil all day. They did not mind sitting in the water of the clay pot saucer for an hour or two after watering. The hypertufa pot did not dry out very quickly in the spring, and the gerberas suffered a bit. Once the heat of summer arrived, they did well in that pot. The sphagnum moss pot dried out in the very high heat of summer, and I had to water it twice a day instead of once a day. The clay pots with saucers seemed to do best.
Fertilizer - I fed them a diluted fertilizer every two weeks.
Just a note...
Recently, I was honored with category first place wins in a photography contest with the following images. It was such a surprise, and I am delighted. Ironically, one of the winning photos was of Gerbera daisies.
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