Gerbera Daisy

Scientific name : “Gerbera jamesonii”

Gerbera daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii) are commonly grown for their bright and cheerful daisy-like flowers. They originate from South Africa and come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white, with flower sizes anywhere from 2 to 5 inches (2-13 cm.) across.

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Gerbera daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii) are commonly grown for their bright and cheerful daisy-like flowers. They originate from South Africa and come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white, with flower sizes anywhere from 2 to 5 inches (2-13 cm.) across. There are many gerbera daisy cultivars available, bred for their color and flower shape (single, double, or multiple petals). This flower was discovered in 1880 by Robert Jameson while operating a gold mine in Transvaal, South Africa. The gerbera is a classic symbol of beauty but it also holds the meaning of cheer. Many believe this symbolism stems from the large assortment of color options. Many people place gerberas by their bed to enjoy a night of better sleep! Gerberas emit oxygen and absorb toxins and carbon monoxide at night instead of during the day like most flowers.

Sunlight – Gerbera daisies require full sun to partial shade, but they do not like intense heat.

Watering – Gerbera daisies need regular watering at about one inch per week. Water only when the soil is dry an inch or two below the surface.

Plant Care – To keep it blooming all summer, a monthly feeding with a water-soluble, chemical fertilizer or adding an organic compost around the roots is advised. Aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, and thrips all feast on Gerber leaves. They are attracted to stressed plants, so make sure to keep your plants in good health and monitor them regularly for signs of trouble.

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