They are beautiful, of very different colors, and they are very easy to care for. The gerbera They are flowering plants that each year return to gardens or patios to beautify them throughout the season. And it is that, in addition, they are very cheap. But … would you like to have many of them paying very little? Get an envelope of seeds.
The price of an adult plant costs about 2 euros, while an envelope with many seeds can cost slightly less (1 or 1,5 euros). Discover how to sow them and thus obtain a lot of precious plants.
When are gerbera seeds sown?
These precious plants are sown in spring-summerso the ideal is to obtain the seeds for those months. Even so, if you have a greenhouse, or if you live in a climate without frosts or very mild, you can also sow them in autumn; In this way, you can be a little ahead of the season and get them to flower earlier.
Also, you should keep in mind that they are perennial plants, that is, they live for several years. During the first weeks of life they use all their energy to grow, and if the conditions are right and the seedlings are strong enough, they will also produce their first flowers. But beware, their quality may not be as good the first year as the second year, so if that happens, don’t worry.
How are they sown?
If you dare to sow its seeds, we recommend you first get the following:
- Universal substrate (on sale here!)
- Seedling tray (on sale here!)
- Watering can
- OPTIONAL: copper or sulfur to prevent fungal infections (transmitted by fungi)
You got it? Let’s know now how is the step by step:
Prepare the seedbed
The first thing to do is prepare the seedbed. As the idea is to have several copies, it is best to sow them in seed trays. Fill it with universal substrate, and make sure that each socket (each hole) is completely filled with soil. This can be done either with your fingers, pressing down, or by placing an equal tray on top, placing your hands on top of it and pressing down carefully.
If you see that it is necessary, do not hesitate to add more universal growing medium.
Moisten the whole earth well
The next step is watering with the watering can (It is important that you have the ‘artichoke’ on, so that the water comes out smooth) the substrate, so that it is very moist. Therefore, you have to pour water until it comes out through the drainage holes, as it is important that the seeds are in a humid environment so that they can germinate.
Important that it is humid, but not waterlogged. Too much water will spoil the seeds.
Sow the seeds and water
Then a maximum of two seeds will be put in each alveolusa little separated from each other, and they will be covered with a -very- little substrate, enough so that they cannot be seen with the naked eye and the wind cannot carry them away. If you wish, now is a good time to sprinkle some copper or sulfur on top.
It is watered again, and finally the tray is placed in an area with direct sun, outside.
The substrate must be kept moist but not flooded. A) Yes, gerbera seeds will germinate in a maximum of 2-3 weeks. When the roots come out through the hole in the alveolus, you can transfer them to pots larger than 20-30cm, or to the garden.
So, for what it costs you a single adult plant, you will have obtained at least ten, which is not bad at all, don’t you think? But…
What are the gerbera care?
To finish, I’m going to tell you what the basic gerbera care is:
- Location: always in an area with direct sunlight. In this way, you can flourish in health.
- Pot: universal growing substrate.
- Garden: grows in soils rich in organic matter, and with good drainage.
- Irrigation: it has to be watered 2-3 times a week in summer, and 2 a week the rest of the year. Do not spray / spray the leaves or flowers.
- Subscriber: throughout the flowering season it is advisable to fertilize it with a fertilizer such as guano, or a fertilizer for flowering plants.
- Pruning: cut the withered flowers and the dried leaves with previously disinfected scissors.
- Rusticity: it resists mild and occasional frosts down to -2ºC, but it is better not to drop below 10ºC.
Where to buy?
You can buy seeds from here!.
Enjoy your plants .