Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) are big flowers from 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The flowers are apartment with a middle band of brief, small petals surrounded by rings of bigger flat petals. The flowers are indigenous to South Africa. Gerrondo gerbera daises have outer petals that bend down giving a fuller ruffled appearance to the blossom. Flowers are used in arrangements and bouquets, with a wire inserted into the hollow stem for equilibrium. Gerbera daisies bloom in every color except blue and green.
Gerbera daisies bloom in blazing red, bright orange, sunny yellow and beautiful pink. Pastel colors include pale to medium pink, soft yellows, light and peach purple. The white is more of an off-white compared to a bright white. Dark colors include purple, dark raspberry, maroon and bronze.
Centers and Contrast
Centers are apartment and indented from the surrounding petals. It may be the same color as the petals, brown, yellow or green. A few varieties of Gerbera daisies have a contrasting band of color on the petals. Occasionally the shorter petals surrounding the middle are a deeper color than the apartment petals.
No Matter What Color
Gerbera daisies need full sun. They may stop blooming if temperatures are over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In warm inland regions, they do best with morning sun and afternoon shade. They can be started from seed but take around six months to develop into mature enough to blossom. Plants prepared to blossom are available in nurseries and are sometimes sold as potted plants in grocery shops and florist stores. Feed and water on a regular basis. After the flowers have finished blooming, let the plants dry out a bit. Gerbera daisies are tender perennials and should do well in mild-winter areas like U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10.
In the backyard, gerbera daisies are magnificent as focal points. Pair orange and yellow daisies using an edging of purple lobelia. Play off white daisies by growing them before taller purple snapdragons. The round shape of the daisy is directed by the tall stems of the snapdragons. Gerbera daisies do well in pots but have a inclination to overwhelm less vigorous growers. Assemble a spring bouquet with pink daisies, yellow daffodils and trailing white pansies.