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Gerbera


Gerbera


The gerbera is characterized by leaves of different shapes arranged in rosettes and colored flower heads whose tones vary between yellow, crimson and purple. It is a plant particularly suitable for the production of cut flowers. In fact, the latter are numerous on each plant, solitary, with scarlet orange tones, although there is no lack of varieties and hybrids with double flowers and more delicate colors. Long from 8 to 12 cm, they bloom from May to August. Gerberas can be grown outdoors in all regions with a mild climate. In the colder regions, as in northern Italy, it will be sufficient even in winter, protect them with a layer of dry leaves. Gerberas can be planted in all garden soils, provided they are well drained and in the sun. By choosing the location, it is better to go to more sheltered locations. As regards instead the cultivation in pots, the plants at the beginning of the autumn will have to be transported in a well lit room, in which the temperature does not fall below about 5 degrees. If you want to get winter blooms from your gerbera, stop watering it from May: you will force it to come to rest during the summer and, once fertilized and abundantly watered in September, you will stimulate the vegetative restart in time for the season more cold.