Gerbera is a beautiful flower that has become a favorite with many gardeners. In appearance, it is a bit like a daisy, but its colors can be very diverse. Since Africa is the birthplace of the plant, it is very fond of heat. In the suburban areas, the culture will not be able to grow for several seasons, so it is grown in pots. It is worth noting that growing a gerbera is not so easy, it is very capricious, so when sowing you need to take into account many nuances.
Brief description of the plant
Gerbera is a herbaceous plant that originates from the Aster family. Today, there are 70 varieties of flowers, all of them have a special individuality.
Peduncles of some species can reach 60 cm in height, if they are miniature varieties, then their height is 30 cm. Gerbera flowers have a round camomile shape, their diameter is about 10 cm.
As for the palette of shades, the breeders brought a gerbera of white, red, orange, cream and other shades.
How to grow a gerbera at home?
Today, in flower shops you can buy gerbera seeds and plant them on seedlings. Only when buying you need to carefully look at the date, as they remain viable for 7 months.
- The optimal time for planting is the beginning of May, although many gardeners plant a plant at any time of the year. To do this, you need to prepare in advance peat, sand and leaf earth. These components combine, and seedlings spread out on the surface. You can do otherwise and buy ready-made mixture for seedlings in the store.
- When the seeds are planted, it is recommended to cover them with a film or glass for better germination. We need to ensure that seedlings do not fall into direct sunlight, they are not the best influence on their condition. The main thing is to make regular watering and air the room on time. Subject to these rules, the first shoots appear in 12 days.
- With the appearance of 3-4 sheets, you can begin picking the sprouts in separate pots, and only after that - to land in open ground, which has the same soil as when sowing seeds.
- When growing Gerbera Jamson, it is recommended to plant in cups of peat, so the plant will feel comfortable.
Growing a gerbera in a pot
Gerberas in a pot it is much easier to grow up at home, as this process can be done in any month. Potted flower is a gerbera of rich red color. It can be grown as a normal bulbous plant.
- For planting, use only those bulbs that were grown by gardeners from seed. They need to dig in early September and put in a pot.
- For the pot is suitable that soil, which includes a mixture of humus and sod. Plant the bulbs in this soil and send them to a dark place until the cold weather comes. In no case should not allow the gulf of soil, and with the beginning of winter, transfer the pots to the balcony. When the soil in the pot froze a little, it should be covered with leaves.
- In early January, the pots are transferred to a room where the temperature is kept at 12 degrees. Now you need to water the gerbera more often with warm water. In this case, the plant will "wake up" and bloom in March.
Gerberas in a pot: how to care for naughty plants
- During active growth, you need to monitor the watering of the plants so that the roots do not dry out. You also need to make sure that the soil is not swamped, it will lead to rot. In addition, it is necessary to water so that the water does not hit the sheets, it can cause rotting.
- Water for watering plants should be soft, brought to room temperature. It is best to use rainwater.
- Do not forget about mineral fertilizers. Care room gerbera at home should include feeding 1 time in 2 weeks.
As you can see, gerbera is not so easy to grow from seeds. But if you provide her proper care, then she will delight you with her beauty and bright flowering throughout the summer.