Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) are the best ornamental flowering plants for beautification of the house. They are the best mother’s day gift having single stem flowers with lots of colorful varieties such as red, violet, pink and white. Those who want to take this plant home have many questions related to it. Let’s answer them one by one.
Do Gerbera Daisies Come Back Every Year?
Yes, gerbera daisies come back every year in warm climate conditions and are often considered as perennials. In colder areas people often call them annuals but if daisies produce seeds or placed indoors can save it through the winters are called perennials. Typically people living in USDA hardiness zone 8 to 10 have no problem growing them while the plant does have issues in zone 7 or lower due to freezing cold.
The daisies cannot tolerate temperature below 40 degree F so its best to provide them with an ideal room till early spring.
When given ideal temperature to your gerbera daisies, they will surely come back with the existing roots. In any case you won’t get them back then your best chance is to take the seeds from flower blooms and sow them in the ground in early spring.
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In south carolina, they are mostly tender perennial means they can get issues related to cold temperature. For potted daisies, they will bloom whole years except for the winters. You can get different flower colors including yellow, orange, red, white. I prefer taking one of each color so you have a variety of colors in your garden or house.
Are Gerbera Daisies Annuals or Perennials?
Gerbera daisies are mainly considered as perennial because they can adjust to zone 8 -11 easily while the colder states have issues growing them in winters. An annual plant is the one which blooms once a year and its life is finished so the plant dies with no returning back.
For perennial plants which produce either seeds to regrow or place indoors to protect them so they can overwinter without any damage.
Similarly there are tender perennials which do get impacted only because of the freezing cold. Some plants like succulent, cacti types can survive but a flowering plant can’t avoid winter cold.
Gerbera daisies Perennial care
Once Gerbera daisy blooms you should cut all the faded flowers so the plant can keep itself growing. During winters the perennial daisies will stop the flowering and it may also slow down the growth process. This time of the year we can see more foliage, greens but no blooms until the next spring. daisies want water once a week and full direct sunlight to grow the flower blooms. Inside you can place it near the south facing window. Use a flowering rich fertilizer that can be applied during spring and the result would be in summers when we see more blooms appearing on the plant. Pruning is another important step you should do to protect them from any known diseases.
How to overwinter gerbera daisies
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In freezing cold areas where gerbera daisies treated as annuals die early due to colder temperature, there you can overwinter them by placing them indoors in a warm area. Ideally a temperature above 65 degree F is good for the daisies. Do not water them during the winter months till spring because they go dormant which slows down the growth as well as the blooming temporarily. That time you should take good care of daisies and not pour too much water and avoid the root rot that generally most people suffer from. Only water the pot whenever you see the top 2 inches of soil is dry. If you have daisies planted in the garden then firstly take them out in containers and place them in the house, close the windows so the cold air cannot pass to freeze our plant.
Daisies growing in 7 or lower zones need to be shifted back indoors and turn on the warm heater or something that can keep the room warm. You can also close the windows during night to protect the daisies from any susceptible damage.
About Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera daisies also known as Transvaal daisies, native to the South African region. They are flowering plants that are considered perennial in warm climates and annual in colder areas. They come in different flower colors such as red, orange, pink, white, purple etc. They typically attract birds and fly around them. Mostly gerbera daisies blooms in spring, summer and fall and it is generally grown in ground or in pots. It requires full sun and the plant has a height of 10-12 inches and the width is 10-16 inches. They can be propagated using seeds. The flower has a diameter of 2-4 inches depending on the soil mix and variety. The scientific name of this plant is Gerbera jamesonii and it became so popular in North America during the 1920s.
I hope you get the answer on “Do Gerbera Daisies Come Back Every Year”, now you have the knowledge to easily plant back the daisies and have them bloom every year. These daisies are so beautiful landscapes this is the reason they get priority over other flowers in mothers day also.