Is this Gerbera going to make it?

Chinnie15May 1, 2012

Hello,

I just got a Gerbera today that isn't exactly looking it's best. If you are wondering why I'd buy a plant like that, it's because it has a cool mutated flower and was only $3. Anyway, now I have a plant that I have no idea what is wrong with it. I am pretty new to container gardening, as I just started this summer. I am going to put the links to some pictures. Can someone tell me what looks wrong with it? It's leaves are drooping, and some at the bottom are turning yellow (so, Home Depot could have over-watered, perhaps?)

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Is it normal for a Gerbera to have two leaves growing from one stem, or is this something else that is unusual about this plant? All of its other stems contain just a single leaf.

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Why I wanted this poor thing, lol

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Thank you for any advice you may have! :)

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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

It looks very good to me. I even see a bud forming in the crown. I would have bought it for that price. In the right conditions, they grow fast and the older, outside leaves will yellow and wilt from time to time. Carefully cut or gently pull them off as close to the crown of the plant as you can get when they start to die.

Grow this plant in a fast draining soil-free potting mix (I had great luck with 5-1-1 discussed on this forum). Fertilize with a complete fertilizer according to package directions and don't let it go completely dry. I grew mine in bright dappled sun in a hanging basket last summer. The flowers will wilt as dramatically as the leaves when they start to die. If they don't perk up on watering, remove them like the leaves. Berber daisies are prone to fungus if their crowns are planted too deeply or get too wet. The nubs from flowers and leaves you remove are most vulnerable.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 7:25PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I meant to say gerber daisy, not berber daisy! Was posting from my cell phone.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:03PM
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