Propagate gerbera daisies from cuttings to grow new flowers. The gerbera daisy grows in various bright shades like pink, yellow, orange and red. The daisies add color and brightness indoors through floral arrangements, and they can add interest to flowerbeds or landscapes. Take a strong shoot and make a basal cutting slightly above ground level. Care for the cutting properly to germinate gerbera flowers.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- 3-inch growing container
- Knife or pruning shears
- Rooting compound
- Clear plastic bag
- Rubber band
- Planting container
- Pour potting soil into a 3-inch growing container. You will need one container for each cutting. Moisten the potting soil but avoid soaking it with too much water.
- Locate healthy gerbera daisies in the summer. Cut the stem above the soil level close to the base of the flower with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Place the flower cuttings into a vase with water until you are ready to propagate them.
- Cut the gerbera stem 1/2 to 1/4 inch below the leaf node. You can cut the gerbera cutting into four sections, as long as each section has two leaf nodes at the bottom. Each cutting does not need more than two leaves, so remove any excess leaves that are not on the bottom.
- Cover the bottom of a container with rooting compound. Dip the cutting into the compound so that it coats the bottom of the cutting. Gently shake the cutting to remove any excess compound. Plant it into the potting soil, up to the set of leaves.
- Cover the gerbera cutting with a clear plastic bag. Place a rubber band around the bag to secure it.
- Sit the gerbera cutting in a warm, bright location. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight because it can burn the cutting. Remove the plastic bag when the gerbera daisy germinates. Water the soil to keep it moist, and transplant it into a larger container when it is established.
Tips & Warnings
Avoid taking cuttings from damaged and diseased gerbera daisies because the chances of rooting the cutting will significantly decrease.