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How do you grow gerbera daisies?

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Grow gerbera daisies by planting them in hummus-rich, well-drained soil in a location with bright sunlight and afternoon shade. Because gerbera daisies are perennials, plant them in containers and bring them indoors in areas with winter temperatures above or below 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Prepare the soil for gerbera daisies by working 1 to 2 inches of compost or manure into the top 8 to 10 inches of soil. The soil needs to be well-draining and have a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. You can start the daisies either from seeds or plants. If using plants, plant the daisies so that the crown is just above ground level.

Water the plants thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Fertilize the daisies once a month using a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer. Mulch the daisies during the growing season with a few inches of shredded bark, making sure that the mulch doesn't reach the crown of the plant. Snip off faded and spent blooms to the next node in order to encourage more flowering. Prune out some of the leaves if the plant becomes too dense.

Either dig up the plants or bring potted plants indoors during the winter. Water the dormant plants lightly once a month.

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