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When and how to water the gerbera

The gerbera is a plant that loves bright and sunny areas and is very afraid of humidity and water stagnation. The waterings must therefore be very moderate and done in such a way as not to wet the leaves which can get sick with powdery mildew, the so-called “white evil”, if moistened. Before watering the soil again, you should make sure that it has dried completely, even in depth, from the previous watering, in fact you must try to minimize the risk of water stagnation which could cause root rot and consequent sure death of the plant. The alarm bells, which could indicate the presence of a stagnation of water in the soil, are the appearance of brownish spots on the leaves of the plant,

How to grow gerbera and care for it


Gerbera is a perennial herbaceous plant that multiplies by sowing, by cutting and by division of the tufts. Sowing is done in February-March in seedbeds. The plants grown from seed you should thin out and then repot into larger containers when they reach the height of about ten centimetri.Le gerberas they must be kept in sunny and fairly ventilated areas, avoiding direct sunlight, especially in the hottest summer months.The soil must be very draining, also mixed with sand, and possibly with a layer of expanded clay at the base of the pot, to avoid water stagnation, very harmful to their health.As the winter season approaches, it is good to protect the base of the plant with straw or move it, if the climate is harsh, in a sheltered environment where the temperature never drops below 5 ° C.

Fertilization


The fertilization of the gerbera must be done continuously throughout the flowering period, to ensure its sustenance and prolongation. Liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, rich in phosphorus and potassium, must be administered approximately every 15 days, diluted in water for watering. In more moderate doses, it can be administered at each watering. At the beginning of the flowering season you can also sprinkle some slow release fertilizer for flowering plants, mixing it into the soil substrate adjacent to the plant.

Gerbera: Diseases, pests and remedies


The gerbera is a fairly robust plant, which is rarely attacked by parasites, mostly aphids. In the event of an attack by these insects, a specific insecticide can be used to eliminate them. The greatest threats come from fungal attacks and root rot. In fact, it is quite sensitive to humidity, and fears the stagnation of water near the roots. In case of powdery mildew, the “white disease”, the plant must be treated with specific antifungal products or with sulfur. To avoid the rottenness of the roots it is necessary instead to choose the suitable soil in which to cultivate them, which must be very draining and contain little peat, and the waterings must be carefully dosed, avoiding the excessive humidity of the soil.

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