Gerbera Daisies From Seed...
I harvested some seeds from a couple gerbera daisies a couple months back and I'm going to try to grow these from seed - but I'm told that they're one of the most difficult seeds to germinate and I was looking for a little advice and a little reality check.
The reality-check is to ensure I collected the seeds properly...
I collected them by cutting off the dead flower heads and placing them into a fruit-cup sized tupperware and placing that into a coffee can that was then filled with a desiccant (damp-rid) and a lid went on that to keep them in total darkness as the desiccant dried them out quickly so as not to rot in the darkness.
Every day or so I would vent the lid in a dark room and give it some fresh air to ensure the moisture would make it's way out of the little tupperware and into the desiccant. What i have now is a tupperware full of the same type of white-fuzzy's you'd see on a dandelion.
They've been kept in that same dark, dried environment since. Is that correct for the harvesting technique?
The other half of the question is how to germinate them. I hear they need solid contact with soil but also to be covered in a layer of vermiculite which is kept at field capacity of moisture, but still is sparse enough to allow bright light to penetrate. I'm going to set up a seed-bed for this purpose this weekend but if any part of this sounds wrong or needs correction I'd love to hear from anyone else who's had success with this.
I love these things but online searching has only yielded advice along the lines of "just buy plugs or pre-grown plants" ... =/