A Gallery of Glorious Gerberas
Gerberas, especially those with petals arranged in daisy-like rays, can add a burst of sunshine to your garden.
Gerbera 'Royal Prince Neon'
You can find gerberas with single, semi-double or doubled blooms; most have green or black centers. 'Royal Prince Neon Violet' grows 8 to 10 inches high with a spread of 6 to 8 inches. 'Royal Prince' is a more compact series of the original 'Royal' gerberas.
Gerbera 'Landscape Redwood'
The Landscape series of gerberas, such as 'Redwood', have large blooms held atop strong stems. You may see them sold as 'Lollipop' or Transvaal daisies. When you plant gerberas, keep the crowns (the part where the primary stem attaches to the roots) an inch above the soil. Planting too deeply can cause gerberas to die.
Gerbera 'MegaRevolution' Golden Yellow
With its dark "eyes," 'MegaRevolution' Golden Yellow is a standout in the garden, growing 12 to 16 inches tall. Gerberas (Gerbera jamesonii) are also known as African daisies.
'Festival' gerberas come in many forms. Some have the usual daisy-like blooms, while others are pom-pom shaped. This salmon flower is a 'spider' type, with petals that are thin and narrow. Although gerberas are only hardy in zones 8 to 10, you can often overwinter them in containers.
Gerbera 'Cartwheel Chardonnay'
Semi-double 'Cartwheel Chardonnay', introduced by Syngenta in 2012, has yellow blooms and grows about 12 inches tall. You can overwinter gerberas, but they'll need temperatures from 45 to 70 degrees F. and lots of sun to continue flowering. Be careful not to overwater while they're inside.
Gerbera 'Royal Prince'
Majestic 'Royal Prince Red' is a bicolored gerbera. These plants take partial to full sun, but don't put them in your garden until the weather is mild, with nighttime temperatures no lower than about 60 degrees F.
Gerbera 'Revolution' Pink
Gerberas are usually grown as transplants because they're tricky to start from seeds. This variety, 'Revolution' pink, has green centers and flowers in about 15 weeks from sowing.
Gerberas As Cut Flowers
To help cut gerberas last longer, submerge them in water that's no more than an inch deep. Otherwise, the stems get soggy fast and become weak. Re-cut the stems when they begin to change color, so the flowers stay fresh.
Gerbera 'Revolution Vanilla Ball'
Although gerberas are known for their splashy colors, 'Vanilla Ball' is a popular pastel variety. Keep your gerberas evenly moist while they're flowering and feed with a water-soluble fertilizer as directed on the product label. Deadhead the plants often to encourage more blooms.
Gerbera 'Jaguar Tangerine'
Butterflies often visit gerberas like 'Jaguar Tangerine', which has rich, orange blooms with dark centers. This series flowers early on short sturdy stems.
Gerbera 'Midi Fireball'
Bred in Holland, 'Flori Line Midi Fireball' is a compact, semi-double gerbera. The bold orange and yellow flowers have black centers.
Gerbera Garvinea Series
Many gardeners find that gerberas don't last long in the landscape. Developed in the Netherlands, the Garvinea series has a robust growing habit and good resistance to diseases, pests, and weather. These gerberas are hardy to USDA zone 7.