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Tips - Growing Gerberas

Added: Tuesday, March 15th 2011 at 12:41pm by plantdesign

Growing Gerberas could be a problem for many folks but this isn't thanks to the plant. When you have difficulty trying to produce a Gerbera plant in your flower garden or container it is mostly as the plant hasn't been given the kind of soil and growth conditions it needs. African Daisy, Barberton Daisy and Transvaal Daisy are all names for the colourful and eccentric Gerbera Daisy. The big leaves and prolific blossoming assist in making the colourful Gerbera one of the most loved flower variations in the world.

The Gerbera does look like a large daisy and these plants are available in a rainbow of colours including shades such as hot pink, white, crimson red, peach, lavender, orange and lemon yellow. If you decide to grow a Gerbera variety in your garden you'll be able to find single petal and double petal plants available. These make fantastic cut flower examples and this is another reason for their continued renown.

Many individuals like to enjoy the fantastic thing about the Gerbera in its natural state but and they only take away the flowers after they have shriveled. It's vital to put Gerberas in a place where it can get at least 6-8 hours of full daylight. If you don't provide enough light to these plants they won't prosper and you may notice that they are going to offer few blooms. Fluorescent lighting doesn't what provide enough light so you'll need to put your plant in a bright window if you're trying to grow them within your house. Though Gerberas must have sunlight you're going to need to offer them defense against the rays from the crueler afternoon sun.

This explains why so many have difficulty creating these plants in the outside garden setting. Select a prime location for these silk plants letting them receive the morning sun and provides some shelter in the afternoon. An east facing location will be excellent. Some of the people also discover that growing Gerberas in front of some taller plants will supply them with the shade they require in the afternoon. You need to ensure that the soil is well fertilized and well drained if you'd like your Gerbera plants to do well.

Try using manure with higher phosphorous and potassium proportions that are made specially for flourishing plant variations. Water soluble manure is ideal and this will permit you to feed your Gerberas on an once-a-week or bi-weekly schedule. Never overwater a Gerbera plant as the roots are fragile and too much water can cause root rot or other fungi and molds to develop. If you'd like to keep your Gerberas at their top of perfection you can check them often to be certain that aphids or red spider mites aren't attacking your plants. Either of these insects can destroy your silk flowers . Your plant can survive most aphid infestations though not those that are the result of red spider mites. A little misting of water on the leaves and flowers when the humidity is low can help fend off these invading creatures.

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