Named after 18th century German naturalist Traugott Gerber, gerbera daisies are members of the Asteraceae family of flowers. Native to South Africa, these cheerful blooms are grown as annuals in regions below zone 9 that are prone to frost. They are grown as perennials in the warmer zones 9-11. Relatively easy to care for, gerbera daisies thrive in full sunlight with well-drained soil and require only regular watering and fertilizer.
Things You'll Need
- Garden shears
Scan gerbera daisy plant for wilted, spent blooms.
Trace the stem of the spent gerbera daisy bloom down to the crown (base) foliage of the plant.
Cut the stem of the wilted bloom as close to the crown of the plant as possible with garden shears.
Discard spent bloom or dry for later seed collection.
Repeat as necessary.
Tips & Warnings
- Deadheading spent blooms encourages more flower production. Deadheading should be done at least weekly. To collect seeds, keep wilted flowers and allow to air dry. When dry, shake spent blooms onto a sheet of white paper to dislodge seeds.
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