Gerbera blooms beautiful flowers, that last 2-3 weeks. The leaves and flower stems are slightly hairy. It is grown both as a cut flower and as a flowering plant for use indoor or in the conservatory.
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Water 2-3 times a week in Summer, in Winter allow compost to dry out, water every 10-14 days.
Feed every 14 days at half strength in Spring and Summer only.
Re-pot every year in Spring. Put plenty of drainage material in bottom of pot.
Sow seeds in Autumn using seed and cutting compost. Do not cover seeds completely and place seed tray in a lit position.
Propagate by division in Spring, from seeds or from stem cutting in 1 part peat and 1 part perlite.
Gerbera needs good light but not mid Summer sun. It should not be overwatered and requires good drainage.
Clean leaves by spraying with soft tepid water in Summer. Do not spray in cold weather.
Always check compost before watering Gerberas. In Summer the compost should always feel moist and in Winter it should feel dry and crumbly before watering. Do not wipe leaves, as removing hairy surface kills plant. Do not use leaf-shine.
Spray once a week in growing season, 2-3 times a week in hot weather. Do not spray on flowers and do not spray in Winter.
Good drainage house-plant compost.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.