How to Grow Gerbera Daisies Indoors
Grow these cheery flowers indoors to lift your spirits throughout the long winter months.
- Gerbera daisies thrive in well-drained soil and well-distributed light and air.
- Begin with gerbera daisies from Miracle-Gro® Brilliant Blooms*.
- Transplant into Miracle-Gro® Indoor Potting Mix.
- Before watering, allow the top one-inch of soil to become dry.
- Miracle-Gro® Indoor Plant Food is a great choice for feeding your indoor plants.
- Remove spent blooms and maintain the plant’s core clear to stimulate reblooming.
See how easy it is to cultivate gerbera daisies indoors by following these simple instructions.
Growing gerbera daisies
Gerbera daisies used to be one-time bloomers that looked their best just after they were brought home from the garden center, which is what I used to think of them as. From that point on, it was all downhill. However, this isn’t necessary! In order to develop superior gerbera daisies, here are some tried-and-true strategies, along with step-by-step instructions for saving and starting gerbera daisies from seed.
Begin with a strong plant
The best gerbera daisies can be found in the supermarket. Bring home the best gerbera daisy you can find, and you’ll be off to a great start.
- Instead of flowers, go to a garden center and buy plants. Outdoor-friendly cultivars are more likely to be found.
- There should be a lot of lush foliage.
- For insects like aphids and whiteflies, inspect the plant’s undersides.
- Make sure to check the roots as well if you can. You want them to be white and not brown or mushy, but not overcrowded.
- You can tell the color of the plant by looking at a few open flowers, and if you see buds on the foliage, that means more flowers are on the way.
Where to Grow Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera daisies may be grown indoors during the winter, and they’ll be blooming or close to blossoming by the time you get your hands on them. To get the most blooms, place them near a window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. Direct sunshine, on the other hand, will be far too harsh for your plant, so be sure to choose a “indirect” source of light. Gerberas are prone to fungus gnats and other fungal illnesses, so it’s best to place them in an area with sufficient air circulation rather than a dark, enclosed space like a bathroom.
How to Plant Gerbera Daisies
- Your new plant’s root ball will fit into a pot that is no more than one-third larger than that. Drainage holes should be included as well.
- Miracle-Gro® Indoor Potting Mix, which is easy to water as well as gnat-resistant, should fill the pot one-third of the way.
- In order to make watering easier, make sure that the top of the root ball is at least one inch below the rim of the container.
- Gently pat the potting mix into place around the root ball.
- Move your gerbera daisy to its new, sunny location, water it thoroughly, and place a saucer under the container to catch any stray drainage.
How to Water Gerbera Daisies
Wait for the top inch of soil to dry completely before watering to avoid over-watering. Aim the water at the plant’s roots rather than its leaves, which can help prevent illness. If you see gnats flying around the plant, it signifies that the soil is probably excessively wet, and you should reduce your watering schedule.
How to Feed Gerbera Daisies
When your tummy isn’t growling, you’re more productive, right? Similarly, feeding gerbera daisies consistently encourages them to produce more blossoms. Using Miracle-Gro® Indoor Plant Food for the first month after planting is a great way to give your plant baby the nutrition it needs to thrive. You have the option of applying the meal straight to the soil or mixing it with water. Make sure you read the instructions carefully!
How to Deadhead and Prune Gerbera Daisies
Deadheading your gerbera daisies on a regular basis helps ensure that they continue to develop and bloom. Here’s how: The “crown” of the plant should be pruned back as soon as the flowers have faded and become shriveled. It’s also a good idea to remove any old, dried out, or damaged leaves from your plant as soon as you notice them.
Asteraceae (daisy) genus Gerbera daisies are one of the most exotic-looking flowers.
There are many species that have large capitulums that can be colored in a variety of ways.
There are hundreds of “flowers” in a gerbera daisy that make up its “capitulum,” like dandelions and sunflowers.
As if these flowers weren’t already beautiful enough, here are 13 simple ways to extend the life of your gerbera daisies!
1. Remove Spent Blooms
Garbage collection is an easy way to keep gerbera daisies healthy and happy.
Deadheading (cutting them off) is the easiest way to remove the flowers when they begin to fade.
Rather than wasting energy on withering or dead flowers, deadheading your gerbera daisies encourages them to start producing new blossoms.
Exotic daisies can be encouraged to produce more gorgeous flowers by simply removing spent blossoms.
2. Fertilize Routinely
If you don’t fertilize regularly, gerber daisies (also known as gerber daisies) will die. To get the greatest results, use a liquid fertilizer for blooming plants.
I recommend using this micronutrient-rich fertilizer to keep your flowers blooming for longer periods of time.
Remember that flowering slows down in the summer, therefore fertilizer may need to be reduced as well.
After the heat of the year is passed, begin fertilizing your plants every two weeks.
Keeping these daisies fertilized on a regular basis is a surefire way to increase their size and quality. It also suggests that blossoming will occur more frequently.
3. Water Thoroughly Only When Soil Is Dry
It’s common knowledge that gerbera daisies do best when the soil is absolutely dry before watering them.
However, in general, these beautiful flowers need about an inch of water a week to thrive.
Your watering schedule may vary from once every three to five days to once every seven to ten days, depending on the heat and the local conditions.
If you correctly water these flowers, they will blossom more frequently.
4. Avoid Wetting Foliage
When it comes to foliar treatments and misting, gerbera daisies are not fans. Doing so, on the other hand, could cause harm to their foliage and blooms.
In order to avoid watering the plant’s foliage, you should only water the plant’s root zone.
These daisies may grow drooping and produce fewer new blooms when their foliage is damp, compared to when it is dry.
5. Provide Adequate Light
Gerbera daisies are happy all day long, but they don’t need a lot of direct sunlight to thrive. The ideal time of day for exposure to the sun is in the morning or at night.
Only a few hours of direct sunlight are needed for these flowers to thrive, and the rest of the day should be spent in the semi-shade.
The flowers of these daisies appear more frequently and last longer when they are placed in their optimal light environment.
Here, you’ll learn how to figure out what kind of light your daisy is getting.
6. Make Sure the Soil Is Fresh and Drains Well
The soil in which gerbera daisies grow provides the majority of the nutrients they need.
Daisies, unlike other plants, rely exclusively on what they can obtain from the soil, rather than foliar sprays and mistings.
Keep the soil fresh and nutrient-rich when you plant them.
Make sure it drains thoroughly as well. Otherwise, the soil’s nutrients will be insufficiently absorbed by the blooms.
There is a direct correlation between excessive watering and nutrient-depleted soil.
7. Avoid Excessive Heat
The production of gerbera daisies is slowed by excessive heat.
The blooming season slows down significantly in the heat. This is due to their preference for temperatures of no more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it comes to gerbera daisies blooming, fall is the best period.
Similarly, shadier areas of your yard and garden can encourage your flowers to bloom for an extended period of time.
8. Snip Off Fresh Flowers To Encourage More Blooms
Your gerbera daisies will continue to bloom more frequently if you remove their wilted blossoms. However, cutting fresh flowers fosters the growth of new blooms.
You can use this pruning method if your flowers aren’t blooming as frequently as you would like.
Taking away the few blooms that have already appeared is a surefire way to encourage more to grow.
Don’t feel bad about throwing away those lovely flowers. Bring the flowers inside and put them in a vase to enjoy.
9. Thin Leaves To Increase Light at the Crown
Gerbera daisies can also be kept in bloom by thinning out the leaves, especially in the middle and on the top of the plant’s stem.
The crown of the plant will get more light if you thin out the top half of the plant’s leaves.
Increased blossoms are a sure sign of more light reaching the flowers’ crowns!
10. Check Routinely for Pests and Diseases – Treat Promptly
Although it may seem counterintuitive, regularly inspecting for pests and diseases is a great way to ensure that your gerbera daisies continue to bloom.
Due to the fact that energy is diverted from reproduction to survival in the face of a threat, a plant is unable to reproduce (blooming).
With no pests or illnesses to contend with, the plant is free to put on as many flowers as it wants.
Pests, illness, and hazardous germs must be treated as soon as they are discovered. As a result, new flowers may not appear as quickly, and the old ones may die out sooner.
11. Remove Old/Dying Leaves
Despite the fact that removing old and dying leaves is a common practice for most plants, gerbera daisies benefit greatly from it.
That’s because removing dead and dying leaves boosts the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight.
Excessive use of old and dying leaves might assist refocus the plant’s attention and resources on producing fresh flowers.
12. Repot When Necessary
Consider repotting your gerbera daisies on a regular basis if they are in a pot.
In order to get the most out of it, repotting it is a two-pronged strategy: Firstly, it prevents the plant from being root bound, and secondly, it guarantees that your soil is fresh, full of nutrients, and drains properly.
It’s important to use fresh soil and fertilizer when you repot your daisies. Inspect the pot to ensure that dirt or debris hasn’t built up in the drainage holes.
13. Expect Breaks From Flower Production
These daisies can last for weeks on end, and often bloom in the spring and summer months.
Temperatures below 40°F or above 70°F, on the other hand, will cause flowering to stop.
If you don’t water, fertilize, or prune your daisies regularly, you can expect a drop in flower production.
A lack of light, poor drainage, or other environmental variables might cause a flower’s blooms to slow down or halt altogether.
For the most part, it’s normal to see a pause in bloom production after a period of high activity.
A Final Word About Keeping Gerbera Daisies Blooming
You’ll be amazed at how many blossoms your gerbera daisies produce if you use the dozen or so suggestions listed above to keep them flowering.
It’s also fine to refer back to this post and our advice if this is your first time cultivating gerbera daisies!