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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:53 PM

Once upon a time, my gebera was pretty and flowered non-stop.

http://openkitchenconcept.blogspot.com/200...et-geberas.html

Then it had an attack from the RSMs.

I killed the RSMs.

The gebera stopped flowering. I repotted it, using loose soil.

But it kind of rotted away - the leaves grew dull.. and greyish-black.. and droopy.. Then it died.

I was quite upset that I had to throw it away.. so upset I forgot to take a picture of it.

Sigh.. I'm thinking if I should get another pot. But I can't understand what happened. Anyone has similar experience can enlighten me?
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  Posted 26 September 2009 - 11:27 PM

Nice Blog!
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 08:59 PM

Hi,

you have a very pretty pink gerbera.

if i knew you then, i would advice you to pollinate the flowers to maintain its progeny.

in my experience, most if not all gerbera would contain some garden pests that would kill it eventually.

so for me, i would pollinate the flower and plant the seeds.

then again, in my case, the offspring was of a different hue from its parent.

:)/>


View Postnewtogardening, on Sep 3 2009, 09:53 PM, said:

Once upon a time, my gebera was pretty and flowered non-stop.

http://openkitchenconcept.blogspot.com/200...et-geberas.html

Then it had an attack from the RSMs.

I killed the RSMs.

The gebera stopped flowering. I repotted it, using loose soil.

But it kind of rotted away - the leaves grew dull.. and greyish-black.. and droopy.. Then it died.

I was quite upset that I had to throw it away.. so upset I forgot to take a picture of it.

Sigh.. I'm thinking if I should get another pot. But I can't understand what happened. Anyone has similar experience can enlighten me?

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:36 PM

View Postprincess, on Nov 24 2009, 08:59 PM, said:

Hi,

you have a very pretty pink gerbera.

if i knew you then, i would advice you to pollinate the flowers to maintain its progeny.

in my experience, most if not all gerbera would contain some garden pests that would kill it eventually.

so for me, i would pollinate the flower and plant the seeds.

then again, in my case, the offspring was of a different hue from its parent.

:)/>


Oh.. pollinate the flowers.. That never occured to me.. well, is good to know this.. the next time I buy a gerbera.. I'd do just that. Thanks!
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:38 PM

View Postprincess, on Nov 24 2009, 08:59 PM, said:

Hi,

you have a very pretty pink gerbera.

if i knew you then, i would advice you to pollinate the flowers to maintain its progeny.

in my experience, most if not all gerbera would contain some garden pests that would kill it eventually.

so for me, i would pollinate the flower and plant the seeds.

then again, in my case, the offspring was of a different hue from its parent.

:)/>


Princess, could you advise on the process of pollinating the flowers?


Thanks
wolfman
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 05:56 PM

hello wolfman,

to pollinate the flowers, use a soft paint brush (those for water colouring) and lightly brush to and fro; take care not to use too much force or you will damage the stigmas and you might not have any seeds from it.

and take note if the brush has any pollen on it; if not, wait until the pollens are released and then pollinate the flower.

when the flower is completely dried up, slowly remove the outer parts until you can see the inside of the flower.

now slowly picked out the seeds that are solid to feel, and ignore those that are empty.

:)/>

[if anyone like this article, please donate a tiny portion of your gerbera seeds to the Gerbera Seed Preservation.]

hahaha... just joking.


View Postwolfman, on Nov 24 2009, 09:38 PM, said:

Princess, could you advise on the process of pollinating the flowers?


Thanks
wolfman

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 11:40 PM

View Postprincess, on Nov 25 2009, 05:56 PM, said:

hello wolfman,

to pollinate the flowers, use a soft paint brush (those for water colouring) and lightly brush to and fro; take care not to use too much force or you will damage the stigmas and you might not have any seeds from it.

and take note if the brush has any pollen on it; if not, wait until the pollens are released and then pollinate the flower.

when the flower is completely dried up, slowly remove the outer parts until you can see the inside of the flower.

now slowly picked out the seeds that are solid to feel, and ignore those that are empty.

:)/>

[if anyone like this article, please donate a tiny portion of your gerbera seeds to the Gerbera Seed Preservation.]

hahaha... just joking.


Hey thanks.........will try to pollinate them this weekend. Hopefully I will be able to get some seeds soon.

Cheers
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