Do Gerebera daisies need full sun?

Maxine(5MA)March 30, 2011

Dear Garden Folk

In your experience do Gerbera daisies need full sun?

Thanks so much!


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

my general rule of thumb.. is the bigger the flower.. the more sun that is needed.. for ULTIMATE performance ... especially as the plant itself gets smaller ...

plants need power to make those big flowers ... and as shade increases.. power or energy production will go down ...

can it live in shade.. probably ...

will it flower in shade... maybe ... depending on how much shade

will it perform to its highest potential in shade.. doubt it ...

best rule.. experiment in your own garden ... plant some in each spot.. to learn for next year .. as there is no way for us to figure what you mean by shade ... or part sun ... only the plant can do that ...

good luck


    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 4:46PM
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Ken is right.. in my experience they perform best under afternoon shade but I live in a 11b kinda region and we have scorching sun in summers.. direct morning sun 2-3 hrs or direct late afternoon sun are ideal here..

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 1:13AM
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I'm thinking about a part sun situation but it's the water issues that's got me wondering now. Any comments about that?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 4:10PM
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I watered them when the soil around them looks dry, which is usually the third or fourth day of watering, many time I skipped the routine watering taking longer gaps but they seemed to be unaffected. I never watered them form top unless I intended to wash the foliage. Mine were in ground.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 12:39AM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

I am in zone 7b-8, and from my experience - they do best with some afternoon protection and morning sun.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 8:09AM
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