If you buy perennials in autumn they might not look quite as beautiful as usual, because autumn is when they lose their leaves. The big benefit of planting perennials in autumn is that by spring they will be well rooted in the garden and ready to burst into growth.
|Latin name:||Gerbera sp|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||May - October|
|Growing Height:||30 - 35 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 - 40 cm|
Gerbera is an amazing plant that is suitable for a pot. Choose a pot with holes in the base. Cover the bottom with a layer of potsherds or hydro granules. Put potting compost in the pot and plant the Gerbera at the appropriate depth. Fill the pot with potting compost and press firmly. Water well immediately after planting.
Gerbera makes a great garden border plant
Thanks to the large flowers and graceful incised leaves, gerberas are also magnificent in the border. Place the plants approximately 25 cm apart, in fertile garden soil. You can make really beautiful combinations with Oregon checkerbloom (Sidalcea oregana 'Partygirl') and Inca lilies (Alstroemeria aurea).
Keep the gerberas moist at all times to avoid the soil drying out. Apply a water-based fertiliser on a regular basis during the summer and you will be rewarded with many more flowers. Cut faded flower stems down to ground level, this will encourage a second flowering.
The large flowers of Gerbera have very intense, vibrant colours. They make extremely popular cut flowers. The flowers last a long time in the vase too. Pick the flowers preferably early in the morning and plunge the stems to soak in a bucket of lukewarm water with cut flower food before arranging. Due to their strong stems, Gerberas are popular in flower arrangements using oasis. A Gerbera will also thrive as a houseplant.