How To Grow Gerbera Daisies Indoors

Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii) can in fact be grown as perennials indoors, flowering all year long. Caring for them as a houseplant not only livens up your home but purifies your indoor air of toxins. They are listed in the top 12 “Green” air cleaners by NASA. People are catching onto this fact, but they haven’t quite figured out how to grow them and care for them. gerbera daisies

You can purchase giant gerber daisies at your local garden center or you can buy them online. The other alternative is to purchase seeds and grow your own. Some people are successful at germinating the seeds of the gerbera daisy plants they bought. The seeds have a short shelf life so you will want fresh seeds wherever you get them.

Gerbera Daisy Potted Plants
www.directgardening.com – A mixed array of colors. 1 plant for $3.50. 4 are only $10.50.

www.springhillnursery.com – Choose from red, pink, white, orange, and yellow. 1 plant for $5.99.

Gerbera Daisy Seeds
Park Seed Co. sells giant gerbera daisy seeds in a rainbow mix. 1 packet is $3.50. Click the ParkSeed banner at the left of this blog to go to their website. Making a purchase through that banner helps support me.

How to Grow Gerbera Daisies From Seeds
For earliest flowering start the seeds indoors. The seeds have fuzz on one end. The thin ones can sometimes be infertile, so you want to look for the fat ones. When you plant them make sure to place the seeds vertically with the fuzz on top. Plant them directly in a shallow container with moist soil. Peat moss or peat moss pellets work well. You want them just under the soil line so that the little fuzz is almost poking out. They need light and warmth to germinate so place the pot in a warm sunny location that’s about 70 degrees. Germination takes around 15-20 days at 70 degrees. I recommend covering the pot with clear plastic wrap as this will keep the soil warm and moist. Always make sure the soil is moist when germinating. 

After the seeds sprout provide plenty of light and avoid excessive watering and drafts. When 4 leaves develop you can transplant them to larger pots. Gerbera roots are quite sensitive  so you have to be gentle when handling them.  If you want to grow them outside set the pots outside in a protected area to harden for 3 days. Then plant them in compost rich garden soil with plenty of sun and water them well initially.  Adding some high energy fertilizer (high potassium) in with the water will help grow vibrant flowers.

How to Care For Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera daisies flower best when planted in 6 or more hours of direct sunlight each day. A high source of light can give an abundance of flowers. Gerber daisies need to be kept evenly moist but they should be allowed to dry slightly before watering. Gerber daisies require well-drained potting soil that is nutrient rich. In Mel Bartholomew’s book “All New Square Foot Gardening” he states that the very best soil for anything, plant or vegetable, is 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 vermiculite. Healthy Gerberas are rarely ever bothered by pests, however fungus and stem rot is a common problem with over watered plants. You might want to remove old leaves regularly to prevent fungus infections.

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32 Responses

  1. I BOUGHT THIS BEAUTIFULL VASE WITH YELOW GERBERA BUT AFTER TWO WEEKS THEY ARE GONE I JUST HAVE THE FILLING GREEN AND LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE ONE WANTS TO FLOURISH!!
    I HAVE IT INDOORS ALSO I HAVE PLEANTY OF SUN LIGHT DO THEY LIKE TO BE DIRECTLY EXPOSED?/WILL THEY RE-FLORISH AGAIN WHAT ABOUT WATERING THE SOIL ??
    I DON’T KNOW WHAT I HAVE DONE WRONG BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T LIKE IT!!
    WILL YOU BE ABLE TO GIVE ME SAME HEAD LIGTHS???

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
    ANA SILVA

  2. Well. I’ve had the same problem. I bought a potted yellow plant and it died in 2 weeks. It’s tough to say why. From what I can tell it’s tough to get them to bloom indoors if conditions aren’t just right. They like to be exposed to plenty of sunlight but they like indirect light mostly. Are your windows the kind that filter the UV’s? I don’t know of any plants that do well with these types of windows.

    They do well in a greenhouse or solarium. They like soil that drains well, yet they don’t like to be dry for to long. Over-watering is a common problem as well. If you over-watered them, they could be bothered with fungus or crown rot. It’s very important that the crown should be slightly above the soil line. Older gerbera varieties are less prone to crown rot but how do you know what you have right? Try giving them some plant food. They will like the nutrients considering they are probably potted in slightly sandy soil. You might want to try planting them outside and see if you can get them to bloom again. I would like to hear from anybody else that has come to this blog. Anybody have success stories with gerber daisies blooming indoors?

    • No success at all. Same problem with me except mine is Red. The leaves are doing great and growing green, but however the red daisy has died in about two weeks after I got it. I will tell you something thought…The windows have nothing to do with it. I had old windows with out UVs filter and the flower died and basically started with the peddles coming off. I just got new windows with UV filter. Will see how works. I am going to give it some plant food and then maybe put it outside in the sun and see what happens. It is really nice when it has a flower.

    • I got my Gerbera Daisy from our local Meijer’s for my birthday in Mid-September. When I got my plant it had 3 beautiful deep-orange blossoms. I cut the blossoms ate the bottom of the flower stem as soon as they were spent (dead-heading). That way no nutreints are wasted trying to support that flower past it’s prime & are then used for growth & any other blossoms. I then repotted it in GOOD POTTING SOIL & keep it in a southern exposed window. I should mention that I live in Michigan & we have very cold winters. It is now Mid-Janurary & my plant went through a small “foliage-only” period & started to grow blossoms again! I cut the first one to bring into work…to brag :). I have 3 more coming up. They do grow & bloom slow but I’m thrilled!. I water my plant when I can clearly see that the top is dry & FEELS dry to my first knuckle. Hope this helps.

      Stacie 🙂

      • Thanks for the info Stacie. You’re the first to mention to cut the flower when it is spent, and look, you’re growing blossoms in January! I bet you keep the house warm and get plenty of sun in that window of yours.

  3. Hi. My daughter gave me a “Mixed Gerbera Daisy” plant “Grown in Canada” for Mother’s Day. I immediately bought a pot and soil “House Plant Potting Mix” and transferred it from the small pot it came in. I have been giving it water and sunlight but the leaves have died and the stems have shriveled. What am I doing wrong? I just cut the leaves out and the stems and am going to give it water and return it to the window sill. Again, I ask, what am I doing wrong? Your counsel will be much appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Oh boy…I wish I had all the answers. How much water are you giving it? And how much sunlight is it getting? I recently moved to a newer home, and I know for a fact that Gerbera Daisies will not grow inside because my windows have UV protection on them. Is it warm enough where you live so that you can try moving them outdoors to see how they do?

    But lets pretend your windows are fine. Gerbera Daisies are the hybrid version of the Barberton Daisy which grows in South Africa so they like full sun, well-drained soil, and a warm climate. They do not like having soggy soil as they need well draining soil with lots of vermiculite and/or sand. But if the soil gets to dry they wilt. So there’s a fine line between over-watering and not watering enough. If you over-watered them they could be bothered with fungus or crown rot. It’s very important that the crown should be slightly above the soil line.

    Here’s the thing about Gerbera Daisies, they look beautiful but they are sensitive indoors. I’m actually trying to figure out if it’s possible to purchase the original Barberton Daisy here in the US because I believe it’s a lot more hardy.

  5. I just bought some gerbera daisies today and was reading up on how to care for them and that’s how I got here.

    Re gonzo’s comment – it could be many factors, but I suspect that the plant may have been repotted too soon. Generally, I try not to repot the plant immediately after getting it. I wait 1-2 months at least, until the plant has adapted to my home environment (temperature, humidity, watering, etc), and only repot it if:

    1) Its roots have totally colonised the pot (i.e. you can pull the whole plant out and the roots are in the shape of the pot and there’s no more soil left for the roots to use), or
    2) The soil has become contaminated – e.g. bugs, mould, bacteria, disease, etc

    Other than that, try not to repot the plant, because repotting is traumatising for it. 😦

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that my daisies will do well! 😀 Wish me luck!

  6. I agree with Am regards the advice that Gonzo may have re-potted the Gerbera plant too soon. Also Gerbera plant roots need to be treated very tenderly as they are quite sensitive. After re-potting though, I would then fertilise plant and leave it in peace.
    With Gerberas you need to remember that they have HIGH energy requirements. This means that they need HIGH energy fertiliser (high potassium).
    If you want your plants to remain as vibrant as they were when you bought them from plant nursery – you will need to add HIGH energy fertiliser once or twice a week.
    Just apply fertiliser with waterings. Don’t over water plant as this can lead to crown rot and/or wilted flowers.
    Good luck with your lovely gerbera plants,
    mowie
    http://www.growgerberadaisyflowers.com

  7. I have a second year Gerbera in bright orange. I had no trouble with it whatsoever and still dont luckily but im baffled because almost every flower it has put up this year is a double head. Im not complaining as i think its quite neat and unique… but is it really??? Would you have any idea why this has happened and has it ever happened to you?

  8. hi I have just bought four Gerbera plants and was reading up on their care …Although Gerberas do need direct sunlight , would anyone know if they will thrive in 35 celcius type of sunlight bec from where i come from it can become very hot in the summers??…any feedback would be greatly appreciated thank you
    huma

  9. Amy, i also have just grown a double headed Gerbera. It’s quite different isnt it. Im excited to here that you had more than the one come up…maybe I will get to see another one yet!
    I also would like to know if this is something that happens often.

  10. I’ve had good luck with Gerberas outdoors in Houston where temperatures often get above 35C (95F) in mid-summer. They do best in well drained soil with lots of organic matter. East exposures are good to avoid the hot afternoon sun. I currently have mine in a south-facing, raised azalea bed where they only get morning and some filtered mid-day sun. A large azalea shades them afternoons. I keep the azaleas mulched and moist throughout the summer.

  11. Hi. Thanks for the info! This is the most informative website I’ve been able to find on the subject. I’m going to try to grow them completely indoors. Please post if you find good seeds.

    Thanks,

    Jennifer Lynn

  12. I have gathered my seeds from plants I bought at various stores. I get about a 98 % germination rate on the seeds I plant. I simply take a tooth pick, and make a hole, then place the seed with the fuzzy top up in the hole. The Fuzzy top must be above the dirt. But they grow really well that way.

  13. Oh I do have extra seeds if anyone wants them. All that I would ask is you pay the shipping.

  14. No kidding Julie. A 98% germination rate from seeds from the plants you bought at the store. Wow, yeah I would like to try some of those. Sign me up!

    • I did really good. I have some of the seeds ready now from one of the red & pink ones. If you email me your mailing address at: hoffmanmailing@verizon.net, I will send them out tomorrow. The postage won’t be more than a regular 1 oz. mailing envelope, so don’t even worry about that.

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  16. I have 2 Gerbera’s that I accidently wintered over in a window in the downstairs bedroom. I haven’t been to get them to show signs of flowering so I guess I will need to fertilize them. Has anyone used a fert that is sucessful? I am hoping to get them to flower.
    Julie do you still have any seeds left. I’d like to try some if you do. BTW how did you collect the seeds from the plant?
    Cecilia

    • Hi Cecilia,

      To get them to flower you will need high potassium fertilizer. And correct me if I am wrong, but you will want to limit the amount of nitrogen so you produce less leaves and more flowers (similar to tomatoes).

      And also, Julie’s seeds spouted for me just fine. Once they are mature and flower I will try to pass on some of the seeds.

  17. I just received a potted gerbera daisy for a housewarming gift, and for some reason, the petals on the flowers have gotten skinny and don’t look healthy anymore. I may have overwatered once, but is this enough to ruin the plant? As well, as the flowers die, to I pinch off the flowering part, or remove the whole stem, or just leave it? Thanks for any help you can provide.

  18. Gerbera do not last long in truth,

    But for the short flowering season (maybe because its indoors) its a very beautiful plant.. I like the red and yellow.

    Mine have lasted for a few weeks beacuse i have them in the border…now I have the seed too lol

    If you have space then either plant them or pot them up for next year.

    Good luck!

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  21. I got Gerberas for my B-day last winter they had really pretty pink flowers on them but like two weeks after, they started to wilt then when the new buds bloomed they were really pale pink then when those wilted nothing ever bloomed again. i still have leaves but no new buds i give them plenty of water and there always in the sunlight . what am i doing wrong?

    • When you say “plenty of water” I hope you aren’t over-watering them, which is a common mistake. They should be watered when you can clearly feel the soil is dry to your first knuckle. Also, any flowering is using a lot of energy. I use either a high potassium fertalizer or one formulated for blooming.

  22. i want to plant gerbera daisies (orange and pink) to use as center pieces and favors at my wedding in august…when do i need to start them?

  23. well my bf recently bought me a beautiful peach daisy and I was told that putting coffee grain in the soil helps them to grow, and my little sprout is blooming very nice.

  24. Tasha, coffee grains really?! I recieved my Gerbera as a gift and I would love to repot it to keep as an indoor plant, so I’m trying to gather all the info I can in advance. How much coffee grains did you use? Lightly sprinkle on top of soil, or mix thoroughly into the soil? So far I’ve gathered that I need high potassium/low nitrogen fertilizer, lots of sunlight, little water, and a whole lot of LUCK!!! Open to any advice that’s out there! Thanks.

  25. Hi:
    I live in Central Newfoundland, Canada. (Not sure what zone that is, as far as plants are concerned) I’m trying my hand at outdoor gardening for the first time. Today I bought a Gerber Daisy mixture and am wondering if it can be successfully grown outside as a perennial or will it not survive our colder climate…I am open to any/all ideas on how to make good use of this plant! I know that some have had success with various so-called annuals, which can be tricked into blooming again and again, with the right technique. Please advise.

  26. I got a orange gerber daisy for my b-day and it was doing great and all of a sudden it started drooping more and more. I think i might have over watered it, what can i do?

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