Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red

Family: Asteraceae

Countries: Africa, South Africa

Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red’ is a fun houseplant that produces large and quite dramatic, intense red coloured daisy flowers, which are really rather dazzling; they’re guaranteed to brighten up your day!

I find this type of Gerbera thrives when grown in a pot of slightly gritty, well-drained, peat-free compost.  When placing your pot of Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red, find a spot where your plant can bask in the sunlight – perhaps a sunny windowsill, a porch, or conservatory.  Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red’ will flourish in any brightly lit situation, as long as the temperatures aren’t too cold in winter and too hot in summer.  The ideal temperature range for this plant would be a minimum of 10C and ideally a maximum of 23C (50-73F).

Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red’ is primed to flower.  Plants need regular watering and feeding to keep them in good shape; although I’ve found my plant to be more tolerant of occasional drought than I expected.  I’ve revived my Gerbera jamesonii from being too dry and dangerously close to its permanent wilting point on several occasions, just by soaking the pot in water.  I’d recommend watering Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red’ by sitting the pot in a saucer or bowl of water, instead of watering from above.

Deadhead your Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red’ flowers promptly as they fade, to encourage further flowering.

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