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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:04 PM

Hello,
I'm very new to taking care of gerberas, and would like to ask how long it takes for a bud to fully bloom to full size. The reason I ask is that my 2nd batch of blooming flowers look puny and the stems are scrawny, compared to the original blooms that caught my eye when I bought the plant. They've only started blooming for 1 week and still "close up" at night. At the moment, they're like ~7cm in diameter only (standard red gerberas). Are my plants stunted or something?
Thanks for all your help.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:31 AM

View Postdabbid, on 24 August 2010 - 10:04 PM, said:

Hello,
I'm very new to taking care of gerberas, and would like to ask how long it takes for a bud to fully bloom to full size. The reason I ask is that my 2nd batch of blooming flowers look puny and the stems are scrawny, compared to the original blooms that caught my eye when I bought the plant.
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is the plant in full sun? If it is not , better sun the plant.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:30 AM

View Postdigitalgate, on 25 August 2010 - 08:31 AM, said:

is the plant in full sun? If it is not , better sun the plant.


The plant is under a garden canopy and catches morning/evening sun. I dare not bake it under the afternoon sun. Should I?
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:03 AM

Here's some photos, just to clarify:

Notice how small the red ones are:
http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd512/davidksau/Gerberas/SAM_1533.jpg

Close-up:
http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd512/davidksau/Gerberas/SAM_1544.jpg

Sunning in the morning:
http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd512/davidksau/Gerberas/SAM_1548.jpg

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:47 PM

View Postdigitalgate, on 25 August 2010 - 08:31 AM, said:

is the plant in full sun? If it is not , better sun the plant.


Thanks, digitalgate.
It appears that sunning the plant during the time the flower starts to bloom / blooming makes a difference. While my plant was kept indoors, two flowers starting blooming. But they ended up stunted, and no amount of sunning after that seemed to help (too late! i suppose???).
Later on (with enough sunning), another shoot sprang up and blossomed -- this one is much better.

Am I making sense? =)
Anyway, just my observations with my plants.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 02:28 PM

The red ones, double petals are a WOW!

I just got a gerbera few weeks ago. The initial bloom have gone.

Now i plant them in afternoon sun only. Cos i did try put them under full sun and the leaves look so tired. Then there's the case of over-raining, sometimes few days in a row. I really worried that the tip may rot.

Flower buds gonna bloom in another two days, so will see if the bloom's nice or not in just afternoon sun.
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:43 PM

And mine bloomed quite well also in afternoon sun (3pm -5pm). It's kinda hot sometimes, but most often its cloudy because of afternoon rain (4-6pm).

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/8049/photo1225.jpg

Probably caused by slightly different weather cos different places.

After the first bloom, i relocate them next to my gloxinias, in a shaded area. Cos the racks at my front door... can enjoy the view everyday haha.

Btw my flowers take 3 days (from first opening) to reach full size.
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:28 AM

View PostKelvinT, on 07 September 2010 - 01:43 PM, said:

Btw my flowers take 3 days (from first opening) to reach full size.


Thanks very much, KelvinT for yr feedback.
Earlier on, I was concerned about decreasing bloom size -- hence, I've switched from liquid-based fertilizer to organic fertilizer. Apparently, it works. =)
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