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Past Articles Library | Gerber Daisy-A Colorful Beauty

What is an inexpensive way of bringing color into the dreary winter interiorscape?  The answer is simple the Gerber daisy.

This plant can be either an outdoor landscape or planter specimen or an indoor plant delight. 

When choosing a Gerber daisy for indoor pleasure, make sure to pick one that is disease-free.  Yellowing leaves, brown spots, curling, and spent blooms can be an indication of a problem plant.  Also to get the most out of your plant, always pick those whose flowers have not opened or are about to open.  Never pick those whose blooms are fully realized.

Once you get you plant home, you will need to remove it from its decorative foil sleeve or plastic pot and place it on a saucer.  This is very important since Gerber daisies require watering almost every day.  Next, place your plant in a room that is kept cool (40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit).  Also look for a sunny location for your plant.  Gerber daisies like a lot of direct sunlight.

If your daisy begins to falter, do not worry.  The plant gives clues as to what it needs.  A Gerber daisy whose leaves begin to wilt and the plant stops growing is showing signs of being too hot.  A daisy whose foliage begins to turn black is too cold.

After this is done, check the soil moisture.  This is a very important key to keeping your Gerber daisy blooming and healthy.  Water the plant if the soil fells dry and continue to check on a daily schedule.  Once the plant has stopped blooming, allow the soil to dry out and then water until the soil is completely saturated.

Regardless of when you are watering, keep the moisture off the blooms as much as possible.  Moisture on the flowers will cause them to rot.

Throughout your plant’s indoor stay, make sure to mist the foliage once a week with plain water.  As stated before, make sure to avoid the blooms.

As part of a maintenance program, remove spent flowers and yellowing or damaged foliage throughout the season.

Your Gerber daisy will need to be fed a fertilizer high in phosphorus (the second number) to not only promote bloom formation but also for fruit production (seeds) during the spring and summer months.

With a little TLC, your Gerber daisy will reward you with many blooms throughout the season and many more to come.


 
 








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Keep that Parsley Coming

Parsley is a biennial, often grown as an annual. Plants prefer full sun, but will survive in partial shade.

Parsley can be picked fresh throughout the season, but for use in the winter, cut the leaves in the fall, and dry or freeze them.


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