If you want a plant that looks great in the garden, in a container or a basket, try a Gerber Daisy. Gerber Daisies or Gerbera jamesonii are native to South Africa. Their flowers come in pink, white, yellow, orange and red and are 2 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter on a stem that is about 12 to 18 inches. Gerber Daisies can grow to 12 to 18 inches wide and 6 to 18 inches tall. This plant can be propagated from seed. They need well drained loam or sandy soil and full sun. Gerbera prefer to have moist soil but if they receive to much water they can get crown rot and die. They grow in zones 9-10 and are treated as annuals in other zones. They are repeat bloomers and adding fertilizer during the growing season will keep the flowers coming on. They bloom from mid spring to fall and after the growing seasons ends in your zone they can be moved indoors. Indoors they prefer temperatures between 50 to 70 degrees when flowering. Place your plants in a brightly lit spot with some direct sun. Mist the plant daily, keeping the soil moist at all times.
Outdoor Decorating Tip: Add several different colored potted Gerber Daisies to a basket or deep blue ceramic pot for the center of your outdoor dining table where you can enjoy the flowers.
The Creative Gardener