I keep finding my gerber daisy flowers eaten off the stems. They flower and after a few days I wake to find the flowers have been chewed off. What is recommended to deter critters from eating these? Attached photos were taken 1 or 2 days apart. I believe some kind of critter is eating these flowers overnight.
Unfortunately, you will need to monitor the area to see what it could be. Maybe you can point outside monitoring cameras in that direction if you have them. Deer and rabbits are common visitors of those plants. Plantskydd has a pre-mixed deer Repellent Spray that does not fade when it rains and can be used against rabbits, deer and voles. You may want to shop and investigate where it is sold near you. I suspect Walmart and Amazon carry it but local plant nurseries may also carry it.
I love GERBERA Daisies. Every year I buy at least one or two outstanding plants, and every year they die without every blooming beyond the buds and blooms that attracted me to the plants in the 1st place! It is so depressing to send a flowering plant you love so much to an early grave! This year I am done guessing, please help me save these two!
They are just, barely, hardy in your area. With a little care, you can keep these plants alive for years.
A few things will kill them off, however. Overwatering and cold are the most common.
Overwatering will be the death of these plants. They prefer dry and warm climates. Make sure that you do not give this any extra water during the growing season. They are, also, susceptible to fungal infections. This is what, likely, kills yours off each year.
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Deadheading any daisy will be the same process. This article will help:
I bought my gerbera flower a couple weeks ago everything was going well till today when I seen it so I gave it some water. I feed it every 2weeks or so with tomato feed & it fairly bloomed . Now it's not. I enclose a photo of it.
I wouldn't use the tomato feed, they have different nutrient requirements than Gerbera daisies. Here are tips on getting the most from your plant:
Gerbera daisy leaves and veins turning reddish brown
This can indicate a phosphorus deficiency, but I notice that it is mulched with cedar. The soil could be too acidic for the uptake of phosphorus. Here are some articles to help:
Bushdoctor, i applied some phosphorus about a week ago because i assumed thats what it was. Im not sure if this is cedar or not, im sure you are correct, its just a red colored scotts mulch from the hardware store. I kept the mulch back about 2 inch all the way around the crown of the plant. There is literally another gerbra daisy 2 feet from it in the same soil that looks amazing. Over double the size
I recently got a Gerbera to grow inside in a pot. I am just curious what type of level on the moisture meter I should be aiming for with this flower? I am not sure how picky they are. I know the meter has the first three as dry, the last three as wet, and the middle is a span of 4 pips. I have been aiming at checking it and just making sure it is in the green area, but I figured asking to be safe was probably a good idea.
You want it to go between wet and dry. The idea is to let it fluctuate, since keeping it saturated will suffocate the plant.
Another thing to consider is that these plants grow in dry areas, and will not tolerate wet soils. Make sure to water until it comes out of the drainage holes, then get rid of all extra water that spills out into the saucer. Do not water until the meter says "dry" down to a little more than halfway into the container.
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The pots sit by window. And they're blooming. Is it rot???
The leaves need to be kept dry. It may have a case of downy mildew. Remove the infected leaves if it's just a few. Here is more:
My gerbera daisy bloomed but was missing petals (located in a large pot on my deck). Now my purple coneflowers have the same problem! (these are located in a raised bed below the deck-picture attached). Ideas? Thank you!!
I could be insect damage, early on, or it could be deficiencies in phosphorus and potassium. This is less likely, since they grow in, naturally, poor soils. The pH of the soil could be off, though. That would be the first thing that I would check.