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Help! What happened here?! Experts please help my Gerbera

#1 User is offline   bargainhunter 

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:58 PM

Hello Gerbera growers

I bought 2 new Gerberas from Sinflora on 10 Jan.
http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/bargainhunter_album/Gerbera/DSCF8950.jpghttp://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/bargainhunter_album/Gerbera/DSCF8943.jpg

1 week later, 17 Jan:
http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/bargainhunter_album/Gerbera/DSCF8966.jpg
the other was ok
http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/bargainhunter_album/Gerbera/DSCF8944.jpg

What happened!!??!! The leaves are a little limp. I checked - not waterlogged - watered once every 2 days a little around the sides. Please help
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 06:44 AM

This plant need full sun for 4 or more hours. Susceptible to fungus problem. You might want to just water the root area and leave the flower alone. Only water when the media is bone dry.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:33 AM

ok thanks for the advice - I will try the full sun remedy

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 09:40 PM

Please can I ask all who have Gerberas:
Is this The End? Is there HOPE?
http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/bargainhunter_album/Gerbera/DSCF9289.jpg
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:02 PM

hmm not too sure,

think it was severely burnt by sun.
based on the leaves.
& the media does look dry.
well that is my guess.
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:11 PM

View Postpino, on 06 February 2010 - 10:02 PM, said:

hmm not too sure,

think it was severely burnt by sun.
based on the leaves.
& the media does look dry.
well that is my guess.


Hi Pino
Thanks for your interest in my problems... No, the media is not dry. I have been careful not to water everyday, but touch it first to make sure its sort of moist.
Also, don't think it was the sun, coz I was careful to move it around.

I feel very discouraged. Both pots of gerberas went the same way. They are my first 2 pots and may well be my last 2 pots.

I seem more successful with woody stemmed plants maybe.

(exception: my begonias, gloxinias and A Violets are ok still , touch wood) :o/>-_-
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:49 PM

Remove the dead leaves and leave it in the shade for a week and see. They usually grow back unless the center's rotted.
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:18 PM

View Posttropicana, on 10 February 2010 - 09:49 PM, said:

Remove the dead leaves and leave it in the shade for a week and see. They usually grow back unless the center's rotted.


thanks for your advice. Worse n worse - I think I see some white fluffiness... Fungus??!! I need to go and buy fungicide... Can I save it?
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:28 AM

you have a photo of the white stuff?
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:53 PM

Cut off all the dead leaves, but don't dig up the roots. Leave it aside for a few days and continue to water it. See if new shoots appear from the middle. I have a Gerbera who withered. But I left it aside and hey presto! it started to grow again.

I'm not sure if it's enough to water once in 2 days? I thought it needs to be watered everyday, especially if the weather is warm.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:08 PM

View Postpebble, on 11 February 2010 - 07:53 PM, said:

Cut off all the dead leaves, but don't dig up the roots. Leave it aside for a few days and continue to water it. See if new shoots appear from the middle. I have a Gerbera who withered. But I left it aside and hey presto! it started to grow again.

I'm not sure if it's enough to water once in 2 days? I thought it needs to be watered everyday, especially if the weather is warm.


Aiyo, thanks for all the help and advice... I dunno if I can save it. The white is furry!!
Here is a picture. My aunt just gave me some fungicide today. Just sprayed. See how...
Picture of 3/4dead plant
http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv18/bargainhunter_album/DSCF9407.jpg
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:03 PM

I think the furry white stuff is just mould/fungi that decomposes rotting material. Doesn't look like bugs.
It's best to just cut off the dead parts quickly to avoid further rotting and spreading of the fungus.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:08 PM

View Postpebble, on 11 February 2010 - 10:03 PM, said:

I think the furry white stuff is just mould/fungi that decomposes rotting material. Doesn't look like bugs.
It's best to just cut off the dead parts quickly to avoid further rotting and spreading of the fungus.



ok - tomorrow when the fungicide has had a chance to be absorbed into the plnat, I'll cut off all the dead parts and leave it aside and see if it will resurrect, like you say.
thanks. Will keep posted....
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:31 AM

Oops i miss this. It look really hopeless , this can be toss . White stuff -either fungus or mold. Not enough air movement and sun. Mine has been in the full sun for the past 3 months no problem.
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 11:34 AM

View Postpebble, on 11 February 2010 - 07:53 PM, said:

Cut off all the dead leaves, but don't dig up the roots. Leave it aside for a few days and continue to water it. See if new shoots appear from the middle. I have a Gerbera who withered. But I left it aside and hey presto! it started to grow again.

I'm not sure if it's enough to water once in 2 days? I thought it needs to be watered everyday, especially if the weather is warm.



I would not advise watering a plant in this state. Its sure to kill it. Should put it out into the sun as digitalgate mentioned, along with a regime of fungicide. However, likely it may be too late.
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Posted 21 March 2010 - 03:50 PM

View PostIl Pirata, on 21 March 2010 - 11:34 AM, said:

I would not advise watering a plant in this state. Its sure to kill it. Should put it out into the sun as digitalgate mentioned, along with a regime of fungicide. However, likely it may be too late.


Yea. It was too late. I gave it a dose of fungicide and got rid of the white stuff, but nothing happened for a long time, so I gave up and threw it away.

I'm giving up on Gerberas for now. I think I need to recover from the trauma.Am focusing on my other plants for now.
Thanks for all your advice :)/>
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 04:59 PM

Erm, how often do I need to water and fertilize the daisy?
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:54 PM

when it is dry. U water. once a week fertilize no problem.
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