Gerbera Rani Plant is native to South Africa. Commonly called African Daisy, gerbera daisy, Transvaal daisy, or Barberton daisy, this species is a stemless, clump-forming, tender perennial. From a basal rosette of slender, spoon-shaped, often lobed or pinnatifid, dark green leaves (to 20” long) rise naked flowering stems to 12-18” tall, each stem bearing a solitary 4” daisy-like flower. Flowers are single or semi-double. Ray flowers of the species normally come in red, yellow, and orange, but numerous cultivars have expanded the colors to also include white and numerous pastel varieties. Center disks are bronze-yellow. Blooms summer to fall.
Planting & Caring –
Grow in average to organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Raised beds should be considered in areas with poorly-drained soils. Performs best in climates with warm summer days and cool nights. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Set plants out after the last frost date. Deadhead flowers to maintain plant appearance.