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A genus of ornamental plants from the Sunflower or Asteraceae family, the Gerbera was named after the German botanist Traugott Gerber. Also commonly known as the African daisy, Transvaal daisy and Barberton daisy, the Gerbera originates from South Africa and was discovered in Barberton, South Africa in 1884 by the Scotsman Robert Jameson. Today, there are around 30 species of Gerbera in the wild and can be found in regions extending from South America, to Africa and tropical Asia.
As annual flowering plants, Gerbera daisies have a long vase life and can be enjoyed as cut flowers for as long as 14 days. Stems grow around 10 to 18 inches in height and blooms often measure four to five inches across. Like a sunflower, the Gerbera flower’s capitulum is made up of hundreds of individual flowers, and since breeding began in 1890 appear in a multitude of different colors.
When it comes to flower care and growth, the Gerbera fares best in full to partial sun. They tolerate a light frost but are best planted outside in regions where nighttime temperatures dip no lower than 59 degrees F. Gerbera can withstand harsh sunlight but go dormant in temperatures exceeding 75 degrees F. To grow from seed, plant Gerberas around two inches deep and about a foot apart in enriched soil. Water immediately and then continue to water daily so the soil around the daisies is kept a little moist. Fertilize every other week and water regularly throughout the blooming season. At the end of the season, allow the Gerbera to dry out slightly before removing any dead blooms. This will encourage the Gerberas to keep flowering for as long as possible.
Potted gerbera daisies can be enjoyed inside as long as they enjoy plenty of sunlight. Water the daisies frequently until they finish blooming. At this point you can protect the plant until the next growing season by misting the plant’s leaves with water throughout the winter months. The Gerbera plant is particularly attractive to butterflies and bees and is resistant to deer.
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