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#1 User is offline   vivavivien 

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:26 PM

If the gerbera likes sun, why does mine wilt when i put it near a window that gets morning sun?
The flowers wilted and the leaves went totally limp.
I was subsequently told to put it in shade but to make sure it is a bright area. No direct or indirect sun. Huh?
I wonder if my plant will recover.
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 11:26 PM

View Postvivavivien, on Dec 6 2009, 07:26 PM, said:

If the gerbera likes sun, why does mine wilt when i put it near a window that gets morning sun?
The flowers wilted and the leaves went totally limp.
I was subsequently told to put it in shade but to make sure it is a bright area. No direct or indirect sun. Huh?
I wonder if my plant will recover.


They are usually referring to american sun which i guess is wimpy compared to ours. Mine, the flowers will wilt even in shade in afternoon but they perk up again in the evening if the soil is wet.
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 03:00 PM

Do where do you put your plant. Do they bloom>


View Posttropicana, on Dec 13 2009, 11:26 PM, said:

They are usually referring to american sun which i guess is wimpy compared to ours. Mine, the flowers will wilt even in shade in afternoon but they perk up again in the evening if the soil is wet.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 06:45 PM

It's under the car porch. It gets about 1 to 2 hours of direct sunlight. Currently only 1 is blooming because i just divided them.
If you look at the nurseries, they usually place daisies under shady roofs/netings next to gloxinias.

Do your plants recover once the sun goes away? Do you keep it well watered? If it perks back up then no need to worry lah.

I have seen some people planting these in the ground out in the open. Maybe when in the ground their roots can grow deeper to get more water to withstand the heat but even so the flowers will droop during afternoon.
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 07:39 PM

I've decided to put the plant further inside. It's in the house but gets some direct sunlight. It's a bright area though. Hope the plant will be happy now.

BTW, how often does the gerbera plant bloom?

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 10:02 PM

View Postvivavivien, on Dec 14 2009, 08:39 PM, said:

I've decided to put the plant further inside. It's in the house but gets some direct sunlight. It's a bright area though. Hope the plant will be happy now.

BTW, how often does the gerbera plant bloom?

It blooms quite often when u first buy it. Later it'll take a rest before it blooms again. I fertilize mine at half strength once a week(The nursery worker suggested dissolving fertilizer in water if you're afraid the fertilizer will be too strong).
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:59 PM

What fertilizer do you use?
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:28 PM

Bloom from my gerbera plant bent over 180 degrees and broke off. It's frustrating. Was ok an hour ago and now this. Sheesh.
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Posted 17 December 2009 - 12:13 PM

View Postvivavivien, on Dec 16 2009, 04:28 PM, said:

Bloom from my gerbera plant bent over 180 degrees and broke off. It's frustrating. Was ok an hour ago and now this. Sheesh.

I use normal flower fert and yes this happens quite often. You can use a satay stick to prop it up or just cut it for a vase.
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Posted 18 December 2009 - 11:30 PM

Have placed the broken bloom in a vase.
Hey, thanks for all the information.

View Posttropicana, on Dec 17 2009, 12:13 PM, said:

I use normal flower fert and yes this happens quite often. You can use a satay stick to prop it up or just cut it for a vase.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 11:04 PM

You're welcome. :)/>
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 05:35 PM

Got tired of the pot of gerbera and left it out in the sun and rain. Today I looked at it again and guess what? There are four buds. Pleasantly surprised.
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