Gerber daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii, Gerbera viridifolia or Gerbera hybrida) are a cheerful, undemanding perennial that take very little effort or maintainence. Regular grooming & pruning helps keep them strong and looking their best.
Gerber Daisies are native to Africa and so thrive as perennials in U.S. DoA hardiness zones 9 – 11, preferably zones where they can become winter hardy to 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Gerber daisies are intolerant to frost, so if you’re planting them in cooler climates, treat them as annuals.
The Gerber daisy is a type of sunflower plant. A particularly playful ornamental plant, the daisy was named in honour of the German botanist & naturalist Traugott Gerber. There are thousands of Gerber Daisy, all varying greatly in size, colour and shape. The gerber daisy has lush, deep green foliage that can be susceptible to mildew.
The Gerber Daisy is a very popular garden plant and is commonly used for cut flower arranging. The flower heads are usually around 10cm, ranging from 7-12 cm. It is not uncommon for Gerber Daisy flowers to have petals of differing colours on one head.
Bees love Gerber Daisy, it is an excellent pollinator and helps to create a great ecosystem of insects in your garden. So if you’re looking to attract more bees to your garden, Gerber Daises are an excellent choice!
Whilst you can purchase giant, matured Gerber Daisy plants online the alternative is to get your hands on Gerber seeds and grow your own! Gerber daisy seeds can have a short shelf life if not stored properly, so try to begin germinating as soon as possible.
How To Germinate Gerber Daisy Seeds
- The seeds of the gerber daisy are generally small and thin with “fuzz” or “fluff” on one end. Gerber daisy seeds can be difficult to germinate, but below you will find some handy tips on how to select and germinate Gerber Daisy Seeds.
- You should aim to use the few fat & fertile Gerber Daisy Seeds. The majority of the seeds you gather from your stock will be thin and infertile. Lots of flowers don’t manage to produce any fertile seeds at all.
- Using small, seedling containers. Prick a hole in your soil, drop your fertile seed in with the fuzz on top of the soil line. Delicately firm the soil around the seed and give a good watering in.
- Germination should take around 14 days.
- You should keep the plastic cover on until they get 3-4 sets of true leaves. Gerber Daisy seedlings like to stay warm and high humidity.
Harvesting Gerber Daisy Seeds
- You will usually find that not all the seeds from a head are ripe. Try letting the head dry out whilst it’s still on the stalk (use a brown paper bag), you’ll want it to turn fluffy like the puff ball of a dandelion. Ripened seeds tend to be rare, but if ou look hard enough, and it was definitely pollinated, you’ll find them.