Gerbera Problems

gmb27August 20, 2013

Hi all,

I have been really struggling to get to grips with some amazing looking gerberas. They appear really healthy foliage wise but the flowers limp over at the 'neck' and seem to then rot away. I've attached an image of what I mean. Anybody know what's going on? I've never tried Gerberas before so it's a learning curve!

Thanks!

gmb

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gardengal48

Rotting of the flowers stem anywhere but especially right below the flower is typically a sign of gray mold (botrytis). This is usually the result of improper watering practices - keep water off the foliage as much as you can and only water when the top of the soil surface is dry. Gerberas originate from very dry areas of South Africa and like well drained soil and full sun.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 6:27PM
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gmb27

Thanks for the reply gardengal. I'm in the UK and have since found out that they're really difficult to grow here - perhaps what you said about the african origin is the cause of this. It's a shame as they're lovely until they begin to turn. I'll have to find an alternative that can put up with our changing weather!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 11:28AM
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