Growing gerberas in the garden

Growing gerberas in the garden

Garden gerberas - more robust than indoor plants

Gerberas often feel more comfortable outdoors than on the windowsill indoors. Outside she gets enough air and light and thanks her with a rich blossom.

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Unfortunately, most gerberas are not hardy. This is why most gardeners keep the flower only annual and replant it every spring.

An alternative is the hardy “Garnivea” variety, which is available in many colors and sizes. It is partially hardy and can withstand temperatures down to minus five degrees. It is advisable to choose a protected location and to cover the plants in winter.

How to plant gerberas in the garden

  • Choose a bright, warm location
  • Avoid direct midday sun
  • Loosen the soil
  • Refine with compost
  • Do not insert plants too deeply
  • Press the earth down
  • Keep well moist, avoid waterlogging
  • Fertilize once a month

The plants are placed so deep in the earth that the crown of the roots remains on the surface of the earth. The planting distance to other plants should be at least 50 centimeters. Gerbera develops quite large leaves that need their space.

Make sure that the potting soil is always slightly damp but never wet. Always water the gerbera from below.

Keep gerberas in the garden perennial

Since most varieties are not hardy, you'll need to dig them up in the fall. To do this, prick out the root ball generously and place the plant in a pot.

Hibernate the gerberas in a bright place with temperatures between 12 and a maximum of 15 degrees. During the hibernation, it is sufficient to give some water once or twice a month. There is no fertilization.

The gerbera can be put back in the garden next year after the ice saints at the end of May.

Tips & Tricks

The soil in your garden is very solid, but you don't want to do without gerberas in the flowerbed? Create a raised bed! Moisture cannot build up in a raised bed and all plants receive a lot of light and warmth.