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Question: gerbera flowers


I bought some gerberas with beautiful red flowers.
I put them in a nice big vase, and they look good, even if the leaves sometimes look like 'flies'. the strange thing is that the new flowers have lost their beautiful red color and have become paler, almost discolored. what can it depend on?

Answer: gerbera flowers


Dear Carlo,
the symptoms manifested by yours gerberas seem to indicate that cultivation conditions are not the best; the reasons why the plants are not very well can be multiple, and not having indicated where you keep them, with what lighting, how much you water them, it is not easy to understand what the precise problem is.
The leaves can be indicative of two things: an excessively cold climate or inadequate watering (whether excessive or scarce, the plant collapses).
So, I remind you that gerberas they can live outdoors, but only when the minimum temperatures are above 5-8 ° C, especially if they were purchased in March-April in the nursery, where they were certainly kept in a tempered greenhouse, with minimum night temperatures above 15 ° C.
Watering is provided when the soil is dry, avoiding to leave it dry for a long time, but also avoiding water stagnation or a soil constantly soaked with water.
The flower that turns pale could be due to problems related to the quantity of light to which the plant is placed: the gerberas like to be placed in a well-lit, possibly sunny position, or in any case with a few hours of sunshine a day.
If we place our plants in a poorly light or dark area, the flowers lose their color brilliance; the same can be said if we place them in a completely sunny area, with full sun for several hours a day, and above all if your plants were first cultivated in a half-hour condition.
So, try to follow the right growing conditions: find a bright spot, possibly with at least three hours of direct sunlight per day (possibly in the early morning hours), with minimum temperatures above 5-8 ° C, consider that even if during the day the spring temperatures can reach 20-25 ° C, it is not infrequent that the nights of March are characterized by minimum temperatures below 5 ° C.
Water the plants only when the soil is dry, without worrying too much; if when you are about to water, touch the soil with your fingers, and find it still damp, give up watering, and postpone watering for a few days; in the event that one gerbera let it be left for a long time without water, it droops all over, and you immediately notice that it wants water.
Every 12-15 days add a specific fertilizer for flowering plants to the water.
Gerberas seem to be delicate, but in reality they are resistant plants, and they recover even after weeks of non-ideal cultivation.