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Gerbera, California Mixed Colors

Short Description

Elegant, 3" daisy-like flowers.

Full Description

Exquisite shades of yellow, orange, crimson, white and pink on 2-ft. stems. Perfect for cut flower arrangements.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Gerbera may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-28 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Transplanting in the Garden:

  • After all danger of frost, select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic, slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Space plants 18 inches apart.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. In general gerberas may be fed about twice a month.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Deadhead plants for continuous bloom.
  • Gerberas are ideal as cut flowers.
  • They may be grown as a house plant.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
24 inches
Spread
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Gerbera, California Mixed Colors is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from rough start good finish I have grown gerbera daisies for years, but never form seed. This year i did. the germination rate was poor, however the end result was worth it. It is mid november and the potted ones are still putting up a few blooms. It was very humorous to see an inch of snow on blooming flowers!
Date published: 2008-11-19
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