February 11th, 2006
Plant Transvaal daisies (aka Gerbera daisies) now through May. New varieties are freer blooming and have a wider range of colors than older types. Gerberas are easy to grow in pots or the ground but need good drainage; place in sun to partial shade.
When planting in the garden, take care to bury all the roots but not the crown (the place where the roots join the leaves). They will rot if planted too deeply. Try planting on a slight mound. This allow the excess water to drain away as well as keeping the soil of the stem of the plant. Allow gerberas to dry out slightly between waterings.
Be sure to protect them from snails and feed often with a complete fertilizer that is high in phosphate such as a rose food.