Those gardeners who decided to implement growing gerbera from seeds, often face various problems regarding the rules for keeping this plant.
In recent years, the gerbera has been gaining more and more popularity both as a beautiful perennial cut crop for indoor cultivation and as a potted indoor flower. The greatest demand is for miniature forms of gerberas.
Usually, gerberas are grown from seeds in greenhouse conditions, since it is not easy to keep an already grown flowering specimen at home. This culture is very moody, requires a special substrate and a specific microclimate.
Gerbera is a very light-loving, at the same time, young leaves in spring and summer may suffer from too bright sun. Therefore, those gerbera plants that are kept on the southern windows need to be shaded.
Industrial conditions produce flowering gerbera bushes, usually under artificial lighting, since flowering is very dependent on the length of the day. The growth and development of gerbera is negatively affected by temperatures above 30 and below 8 degrees, dry indoor air.
Best gerbera substrate - high-moor sphagnum peat, the acidity of the soil solution of which is within 5 - 5.5.
Gerbera roots are very sensitive to the presence of oxygen in the soil, the concentration of fertilizers in top dressing. The plant suffers from an excess of calcium, manganese, phosphorus, which can provoke the appearance of burn spots that appear on the leaves.
Young bushes can stop growth in case of iron deficiency, therefore, iron chelates are regularly included in top dressing for industrial cultivation, which stains young leaves a light yellow color. You need to water the gerbera only with settled soft water, which excludes the presence of chlorine. The same applies to fertilizers.