Transvaal Daisy

Gerbera jamesonii

Barberton Daisy, Gerbera

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Gerbera jamesonii
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Grown for their striking orange flowers, these clump forming, deep rooted perennials are naturally found in grasslands in sandy well drained soils. Most of the domesticated cultivars or Gerbera hybrids are a result of a cross between Gerbera jamesonii and another South African species Gerbera viridifolia.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be harvested in the growing season and last well in a vase, remove spent flowers to encourage flowering. Seeds can be harvested from the spent flower head and kept for sowing.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in autumn or early spring.

Division

Divide the crown and clumps in spring time.

Special features

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Eastern Africa, Northern Province, Mpumalanga

Natural climate

Subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Orange, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Slugs and snails can feed on the leaves, the plant is prone to some viral and fungal diseases as well as root rot if in a wet site.

Credits

profile iconGerbera jamesonii
by Isabel Johnson, KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, September 2002. Updated September 2016 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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