Orange Gerbera

How To Grow Orange Gerbera Daisies

The orange gerbera daisy is a striking flower that looks like a happy burst of sunshine.  Just being in its presence instantly bring a smile to your face so a bouquet of them is the perfect arrangement to send to anyone having a bad day.  These flowers are a symbol of fascination, creativity and warmth and they are often used to represent tenderness, kindness and cordial love.

Robert Jameson first discovered the orange gerbera daisy in 1884 in Barberton, South Africa but their name actually comes from Traugott Gerber, an 18th century German naturalist.  Their foliage is rich and leafy with a stem that ends in a vibrant orange flower that can be as big as five inches in diameter.  They are traditionally grown to be cut flowers to use in arrangements but many individuals choose to grow theirs in their flower bed or containers.

The orange gerbera belongs to the sunflower family so naturally they thrive in full sun.  In areas where temperatures reach freezing in the winter, these flowers are considered annuals; however, in warmer climates, they are perennials.

Planting In Containers

If you want to grow these flowers outside, the easiest way to get them started from seed is indoors.  You will need a tray that has a clear plastic lid, peat pellets, toothpicks, water, spray bottle and seeds.

On occasion, you will get a batch of infertile seeds so if you don't see any growth in 30 days, you will need to start over.  The seeds come in packages that are moisture-proof and it is very important that you store them in a dry, cool area until they are sown.  After you open a package, you have only one chance to use the seeds because they lose their viability pretty fast at room temperature.

 

Only a few seeds in each package are fertile, they will be the plump ones.  The infertile ones are very thin and will not germinate.

Diseases

The orange gerbera is prone to a few different diseases so you really have to keep an eye on your plants.