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Gerbera jamesonii

Barberton Daisy, Gerber Daisy, Transvaal Daisy

In Stock: 0.12 lb (Total:0.12lb)
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0.12 lb
GERBERA jamesonii

Details

Germination:
91%
Germination test:
cut
Purity:
99%
Seeds per lb:
145,280
Quantity:
0.12 lb
Collected in:
Netherlands
Crop year:
2017
Min. hardiness zone:
9
Item ID:
1824812

Growing Info

Scarification
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification
Stratification: none required
Germination
Germination: surface sow and keep moist, requires light for germination

Other: Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures. 

Gerbera jamesonii, also referred to as the Barberton daisy, Gerber daisy, or Transvaal daisy, is a stunning flowering plant native to South Eastern Africa. This species, belonging to the genus Gerbera, was named in honor of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber, who was a close friend of Carolus Linnaeus, a renowned botanist.

The Barberton daisy was first discovered in Barberton, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa in 1889 by Robert Jameson, hence its scientific name Gerbera jamesonii. It is a member of the Gerbera genus and has become an iconic flower in the region. In fact, the flag and coat of arms of the Province of Mpumalanga incorporate a depiction of this beautiful flower.

Gerbera jamesonii is a perennial flower that thrives in average to organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. It appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates and performs best in regions with warm summer days and cool nights. In areas with poorly-drained soils, raised beds are recommended. It can be grown as an annual in St. Louis, either in the ground or in containers.

This attractive flower belongs to the sunflower family (Asteraceae) and is known for its large capitulum, composed of hundreds of striking, two-lipped ray florets that come in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, white, pink, and red. Gerbera is the fifth most used cut flower in the world and is cherished by florists for its vibrant appearance and long vase life.

As a model organism, Gerbera is extensively studied for its flower formation, and it contains naturally occurring coumarin derivatives. Although Gerbera is a tender annual flower, it has gained popularity as a tender perennial in the United States. It can be grown indoors during the winter months or in a greenhouse, adding color and elegance to any space.

To grow Gerbera jamesonii successfully, it is crucial to provide rich, well-drained soil, water regularly without overwatering, ensure full sun exposure for abundant flowering, and maintain slight moisture, especially when in bloom. Adequate care prevents pests such as Aphids, Whiteflies, Mites, and Leaf Spots. Propagation can be achieved through seeds, cuttings, or dividing, and it is important to note that plants grown from seeds may differ from their parent plants.

Whether used in annual borders, flower beds, cutting gardens, containers, or window boxes, Gerbera jamesonii adds a vibrant touch to any landscape. Its eye-catching, velvet-textured flowers measure 2-5 inches and vary in color. From pink, yellow, and red to orange, salmon, lavender, rose, cream, and white, there is a Gerbera variety to suit any preference.

With its spectacular appearance, long vase life, and extensive color range, Gerbera jamesonii has become a favorite among gardeners, florists, and the cut flower industry. Explore the world of Gerbera and bring the beauty and charm of these daisy-like flowers into your garden, flower arrangements, or indoor spaces for a festive and elegant display.

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