Also known as Transvaal daisies or gerber daisies, gerbera daisies are attention-getters with showy, long-lasting blooms, short stems and impressive, bright green foliage. Gerbera daisies are relatively simple to grow outdoors, but growing gerbera daisies indoors can be tricky. The plants, often given as gifts, are usually grown for a single blooming season before being discarded. However, if you can provide the right growing conditions, your gerbera daisy may survive for two or three years.
How to Grow Gerbera Daisy Plants Indoors
Gerbera houseplants require an unusual combination of bright light and moderate temperatures. A spot near a sunny window may be too hot and can scorch the leaves, but without adequate light, the plant won’t produce blooms.
Bright sunlight in the morning often works well, but be sure the plant is protected from bright light during the afternoon. Although gerbera daisies tolerate cool temperatures, they won’t survive long in temperatures above 70 F (21 C).
If the plant is located in indirect light, be sure it gets light all day. Turn on lamps or overhead lights to supplement available light, especially during the winter.
Gerbera Daisy Indoor Care
If you can provide enough bright light to keep your plant happy, gerbera care indoors is minimal.
Water the plant deeply whenever the top inch (3 cm.) of soil feels dry to the touch. Let the pot drain thoroughly before replacing it on the saucer or drip tray, as the plant is likely to rot in soggy soil. Water carefully and keep the leaves as dry as possible. Water sparingly during the winter months, but don’t allow the soil to become bone dry.
Gerber daisies benefit from monthly feeding during spring and summer using a regular fertilizer for houseplants or blooming plants. Withhold fertilizer during fall and winter.
Pinch off blooms as soon as they wilt to keep the plant neat and compact, and to stimulate more blooms. Remove damaged or dead foliage as needed.
If the plant looks crowded, repot it to a slightly larger pot any time of year.