Plants and Flowers of India Taking Care of Gerbera

Gerbera is a genus of plants in the daisy family.  Named in honor of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber who was a friend of Carolus Linnaeus. Gerbera is a good air purifier. Most of the Gerbera plants grow well in full Sun and sandy soil. Give them morning sun in warmer zones, and full sun in cooler climates. There are some hybrid varieties that need full shade. Gerbera needs a well drained neutral or slightly acidic soil. Gerbera  is  ideal for beds, borders and pots. Gerbera flower blooms in a variety of colors like red, orange, yellow, pink, medium pink, soft yellow, peach, light purple, purple, dark raspberry, maroon, bronze and white. Check this Colors of Gerbera. Growing Gerbera is possible with seeds, seedlings and division. Remember that soils that lack in balanced nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium affect blooming for most of the plants and gerberas need more maintenance in terms of nutrients. Hence it is recommended that you add NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) on a regular basis. Gerbera is affected by problems like Leaf spot (Organic Prevention: spray neem oil, baking soda using ½ teaspoon per gallon of water), powdery mildew (Organic Remedy: use Potassium bicarbonate) and root rot (Prevention: Do not over water).
African Daisy, Barberton Daisy,  Gerbera, Transvaal Daisy
Gerbera ,Transvaal Daisy, Barberton Daisy, African Daisy, Veldt Daisy
Sun Exposure: Most need full, Some varieties need full shade
Max Height: 1 and 1/2 feet or 18 Inches
Drought-tolerant: No
Propagation Methods: Seed, Seedlings, Plant Division
Bloom Color :  Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Medium Pink, Soft Yellow, Peach, Light Purple, Purple, Dark Raspberry, Maroon, Bronze and White.
Foliage: Green
Duration: Perennial
Flowering Season: Early summer to Fall, They can bloom year round, in warmer climates.
Invasive potential: Not Invasive
Pests and Diseases: Leaf spot, powdery mildew and root rot
Plant Character: Stemless. The only stems are the 1.5 ft. long, leafless, flowering stems.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 11
Uses: Use as cut flowers, in borders or as bedding plants.
Maintenance:  High

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