Today I happened upon this very cheerful Gerber Daisy at a nearby stand, chock full of blooming plants, that sells annuals and perennials. If you don't have outdoor space or would like to have something blooming inside to celebrate spring, the Gerber Daisy is a wonderful choice. It will live indoors, or outside in some planting zones, so best to check with your garden center to make sure it will live outdoors in your area.
Botanically known as Gerbera jamesonii, it is a South African native and is sometimes commonly called an African daisy. Its brilliantly colored flowers come in an array of colors, from white to hot pink. Fortunately, someone figured out that it could be used as a houseplant!
The link below goes to a short video clip from "The Indoor Garden" TV show on YouTube The segment will let you in a bit more information about the sweet Gerber Daisy.
- Needs some direct sun indoors. Will do best directly in front of, or very near a window that gets 4 hours or more of sun directly.
- Water as soon as the top of the soil dries. A plant in a 4" diameter container should take about 1-1/2 cups (about 1/4 liter or a little more) of water when necessary. A plant in a 6" diameter container will use about a pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water.
- Fertilize regularly when not in bloom.
- Prefers cooler temperatures and some air circulation.
- It is easier to keep as an outdoor plant. If you live in a place where it can survive outdoors, it's best to enjoy it inside for awhile and then plant it outside.