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Growing Gerberas Outdoors – This is How it Works

Growing Gerberas Outdoors - This is How it Works

The gerbera, which comes from the tropics, is not hardy. In summer, however, it appreciates spending time in the garden and on the terrace. As soon as the temperatures drop again, however, she has to be brought back inside.

The gerbera likes to spend the summer outside

In the warm summer months, gerberas in pots thrive particularly well if they get plenty of fresh air outside. However, it is only allowed to go outside when the outside temperature is at least 16 degrees and no sharp drop in night-time temperatures is to be expected.

Ideal locations are balconies and terraces that are somewhat sheltered from the wind and are not directly exposed to the sun at midday. In order to achieve a long-lasting bloom, you should consider the following points :

  • Bright location with morning and evening sun
  • No direct midday sun
  • Set up airy
  • Avoid drafts
  • Water enough but not too much
  • Fertilize once a week

Sunny location – no blazing midday sun

Since the gerbera comes from the tropics, it loves it warm and sunny. However, it does not like direct sunlight at midday. This would burn the tender leaves. Find a location that is slightly shaded at midday and where the heat cannot accumulate. However, drafts must not prevail either.

 Right Amount of Water

As well as location, the gerbera is also a bit touchy when it comes to watering. Water frequently so the soil is always slightly damp but not stagnant. Place the pot slightly higher on a saucer so that excess water can drain off.

The gerbera is very grateful for regular wetting with water. Spray them with a spray bottle in the morning.

Give your gerbera a weekly fertilization. It will then bloom more persistently.

Get back home in time

End the gerbera’s summer break in good time before it gets colder again. The plant should move back into the house by September or October at the latest.

Tips 

A hardy variety of gerbera is now available.  The “Garvinea” can withstand temperatures as low as minus five degrees  (23F) and can therefore be kept as flowering plants in tubs or in the garden for several years. However, light winter protection is advisable.

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