Gerbera seed planting
By: Garden Gate staff
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Easy from seed
Save money on mass plantings — try starting gerberas (Gerbera hybrids) from seed! Just save some from the flowers you let go in fall.
Most gerbera daisies are F1 hybrids, so about 75 percent of the first generation will bloom the same color as the parent in the first year. If you keep saving seeds, you’ll eventually end up with single flowers in colors closer to the species — pink or orange.
Keep clicking for easy-to-follow instructions on how to save and start seeds.
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A fluffy fall seedhead, like the one at left, is ripe when seeds easily pull away. Let them dry for a few days so they don’t rot in storage. Sort the seeds and keep only the plump ones, which are more likely to be fertile, and store them in a jar with a tight lid in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
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When you’re ready to plant, give yourself plenty of lead time — gerbera daisies typically bloom 18 to 24 weeks from germination.
They need light to germinate, so just press the seed into the surface of seed-starting mix, instead of making a hole.
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Pay close attention
It can take 15 to 30 days at about 72 degrees F for seeds to germinate, although they can come up in as little as three.