Gerbera’s are commonly called as African Daisy and best grown for their bright and cheerful Colours. They are most popular as Cut flowers.
They can be grown in spring / summer and places where the winter is mild with sufficient light conditions. If you wish to grow indoors, select an area that receives as much direct Sunlight possible. They love the Sun but in areas of hot summer the afternoon Sun should be avoided. They grow pretty fine as potted plants under Semi – shaded conditions if placed outdoors.
They thrive in well – drained soil. You can add river sand to improve the drainage. Do not over water and let the Soil lay out a little before watering it again.
Pot Culture : Gerbera can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5 – 6 seeds in an 8” pot. Sow the seeds 4 mm deep. Water lightly. Keep in shade till they germinate in about 14-16 days. Gradually exposed to full sun. Soil should be moist but not wet. Later keep 2 – 3 healthy seedlings in the pot and discard the rest.
In Ground: To grow in the ground, make seedlings first. Once the seedlings are 5-8 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 40 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. Feed Bahaar (liquid) fertilizer once in 15 days and later once buds appear feed Maxi grow fertilizer. It will ensure more flowers. Continue once in 7 days till the end of last flowers. To keep the soil enriched, put Biogro (organic manure) once a month.
The Seeds in this packet are of mixed variety with double petals. The flowering starts from 200 to 250 days onwards depending upon the weather conditions and continues for a long long time. The plant attains a height of 60 cm.