How to grow gerberas

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    Gerbera are the fifth most-used cut flowers in the world. Absorbing
    carbon dioxide (as well as pollutants) and releasing oxygen, they are
    one of NASA’s top 12 “green” house plants and the hardy series,
    Everlast, has been bred for the British garden.

    They are grown as singles, semis, doubles, black-eyes and even hairy,
    spider-like specimens, but all have long-lasting, bright, giant
    daisy-like flower heads in a range of colours.

    Discovered by Scotsman Robert Jameson in South Africa in 1884, gerberas
    were brought back to Britain and cross-bred for bigger, brighter flower
    heads and thousands of new varieties were spawned.

    The dwarf germini, as the latest generation is called, has been
    developed for its smaller flowers, and the colour range was expanded to
    include softer, more romantic shades, as seen here.

    Discover our guide to growing gerberas.

    • Hardy gerbera flower from late spring to late summer in warm,
      sunny conditions – ideally around 6 hours a day in the flowering
      period, making them better suited to southern climates.
    • New plantings for beds and containers can be devised each year.
      Seed should be as fresh as possible and sown in warm glasshouse
      conditions, but plants bought as annuals flower more reliably.
    • Although plants are unlikely to survive outside in winter, the
      new Everlast series is said to be hardy so can be grown in the border as
      a perennial. Water well and deadhead to encourage repeat flowering.

    Where to view and buy

    Tresco Abbey Gardens – Common Gerbera jamesonii has been grown here since 1894 and flowers almost all year round.

    Eden Project – See gerbera flowering in the Mediterranean Biome.

    Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants – Stock includes Gerbera Everlast.

    Mr. Fothergills – Mail order for plug plants.

    RHS Wisley Plant Centre – For indoor pot plants and some hardy gerbera for the garden.

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