One of my favorite annual flowers are the Gerber daisies. They produce lots of lovely flowers and are very easy to care for.
Did you know that you can bring Gerber Daisies in for the winter and have lovely flowers all winter? Yes, you can have them as blooming houseplants.
When nights get toward freezing it is time to bring them indoors. I keep mine all in pots so they are very easy to bring inside. If you have them planted outside then just dig them out and put them in pots with drainage.
The biggest problem with Gerber daisies is that the white flies love them too. Check your plants to see if you have any white flies hiding in them. Just brush over the leaves and see if any tiny white flies fly out. Turn the leaves over and look at the backside and see if you spy any there. These flies will suck the leaves and new blossoms until they die.
If you find that your plants have white flies or any other bug, don’t worry. Following is a plant spray from my friend Susan that you can easily make.
Spray for Buggy plants
3 teaspoons of each: baby shampoo, ammonia, and alcohol
1 teaspoon mouthwash
1 quart water
Mix together and put in a spray bottle. Spray all over the plant. Take each leaf and spray on the backside. Spray down into the pot. Check every few days to see of you need to respray.
Gerber Daisies need to be watered every few days. If they don’t have good drainage they may die. The trick is to water them often but not too much. If they start to droop then they need water.
Even if your daisies don’t bloom or if they get tired looking, don’t throw them out. Put them out in the sunshine in the spring and they will look beautiful again in just a short time.