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Gerbera bear flowers which not only reflect purity and beauty but also a certain cheerfulness with their assorted array of colours.
Gerbera is a genus of the family of Sunflowers, Daisies, and Asters. These plants surely aren't the black sheep of the Daisy family as they bear flowers which not only reflect purity and beauty but also a certain cheerfulness with their assorted array of colours. These plants are a little difficult to grow but in every sense worth it.
Gerbera seeds should be planted with adequate spaces in between and in places with high light.
Gerbera is prone to crown rot. Therefore, the crowns should be visible above the soil so that they can dry in between watering sessions.
A compact variety of gerbera should be selected so that the stems are sturdier and suit the size of the pot and the planting bed the plants are being grown on.
The gerbera can also be sprayed with micronutrient liquid fertiliser such as seaweed or fish emulsion.
Adequate watering is very crucial so as to prevent crown rot in the gerbera plants.
During germination, the soil or the artificial growing medium should be left adequately wet but any excess water accumulated at the bottom of the pot should be drained.
The plant should be watered in the morning so that leaves can dry throughout the day to prevent rot and fungal diseases.
It is recommended that the seeds are germinated in a sterile, lightweight and water-retentive artificial growing medium.
Grown plants thrive well in sandy soil with water draining capacity. A little compost also ensures good flower growth.
Gerbera plants thrive under direct sunlight. A little shade is required in the summer seasons. Otherwise, the plants will be pale and bear fewer flowers.
Gerbera bears bright daisy-like flowers whose colours include pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white. These colourful flowers are perennials.
The gerbera flower can be from 7-12 cm in diameter.
The seeds of the gerbera plant should be sown immediately as they are quick to lose their viability. The medium should be moist throughout the process of germination. The pot should have drainage holes. After sowing the seeds, the whole arrangement should be covered in plastic and placed under fluorescent light.
Gerbera plants are highly susceptible to fungal infections. To prevent crown rot, the plants should be sown with adequate space in between.
In retaliation to caterpillars or leaf miners, organic spray such as pyrethrum or neem oil is useful.
Gerbera is mostly popular as an ornamental plant because of its beautiful and brightly coloured flowers.