Monday, February 18, 2013

Gorgeous Blooming Gerbera Daisies!

Linda Rodante
My friend Linda Rodante wanted to share some of her sister's flower gardening experiences with the Bloomfield Garden Club, and I thought everyone else would enjoy this as well.

Here's what Linda has to say:

Big, beautiful blooms. That’s what you get with gerbera daisies. They come from the sunflower family, and are often called the African Daisy because they are found naturally there, as well as in South America, and Asia. 

The large splashes of color range from yellow, orange, white, pink or red. Hybrid varieties may have purples and salmons.

My sister with the green thumb says gerbera daisies are easy to grow. Of course. (Picture smiley face here.) Here are her words of advice: Put them in a sunny spot and make sure they have good drainage and, wah-la, gorgeous flowers. 

More precisely, here’s what you need to do: Grab a nice size container (6-8 inches across), potting soil, and some gravel. Fill the container about ¾ full with soil and gravel, and put a few seeds inside near the middle. Next, cover them with about one inch of potting soil. Pat it down and put it in the sun. Remember to water it, but not too much. Never leave water in the bottom tray if you put a tray or dish under your flower pots.

If you use a small pot, transplant seedlings as soon as the first leaves appear. Seedlings can be grown in small pots until they are large enough to transplant into flower beds or larger pots. Enjoy.

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1 comment:

Author Sandra D. Bricker said...

Whenever I see a daisy, I think of Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. "Daisies are the friendliest flower." They really are friendly looking! But I like them too much to expose any of them to my black thumb, so I'll live vicariously through these photos. :-) Thanks for sharing, Linda!