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Plantidote of the Day 2012-09-04

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Gerbera jamesonii

Transvaal daisy

This may be an oldie, but it's still a goodie, yes? Gerberas are so simple and unpretentious. Like sunflowers, they always look happy. And dog knows, we need all the happy we can get these days. Enjoy!

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Gerbera daisys are so wonderful and each year I see new colors and new petal arrangements and every year I buy a few, only to have them wither and die.
I wonder what I am doing wrong.
Once I get them home while in bloom, the next flowers to emerge are mis shapen or try to bloom before the bud is up out of the ground. The leaves begin to yellow and they are usually dead within a month...
But, I can't seem to give up and I keep trying...

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Submitted by twig on

yesterday's Plantidote. Within a day of getting it home, the two great big purple flowers died and the new buds are about half their size and very pale lavender -- not especially attractive, in fact, they look like they're from a different plant.

I was very careful with it, too, so I don't know why it would go downhill that quickly. Strange how some plants go crazy when you bring them home and others just slowly wither away.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Lots of times when I buy a nursery potted plant, I see that the potting soil is some mix of air-fluffed peat and lightweight perlite and who knows what. It stays too wet, yet it dries out too fast. Then when I plant the thing in my heavy rocky soil the plant goes into a funk.
I blame their unrealistic potting soil for spoiling the plant.