For the longest time, these tender perennials were bred for florists and potted flowers but recently have been introduced into the landscape as annuals and perennials in mild climates. A Dutch breeder, Florist Holland, in the Netherlands has hybridized a hardy form for garden performance. The results won them the Golden Floral Award in 2010. With further refinement, the Sweet Series was introduced to the trade in 2015-2016 with many color choices! Their color may also be two-tone, and the blossoms form single to semi-double or anemone.
Easy for beginners
Safe for pets
This Gerbera Dais...
This Gerbera Daisy exhibits high resistance to pests and disease—part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection (English gardener and broadcaster).
Great For People Who…
Great for people with pets
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love curvy unique green leaves
Great for people who love to dance
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with higher ceilings
Great for spaces with bright indirect light
Great for spaces that have need lush decor
Great for spaces with tabletops and desks
Great for spaces that have full sun
Gerbera jamesonii Garvinea® ‘Sweet Surprise’ Care Guide
The plant enjoys part to full sun in well-drained soil.
Water well in well-draining soil. Water regularly, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Check it periodically and water while its roots get established. When the roots are anchored well, you can water and allow the soil to dry on the surface between waterings. Use a plant moisture meter and keep the soil above #3.
Likes humidity levels 50% or higher.
If temps get especially hot, this plant may require part sun (4-6 hours).
When plants are flowering, they grow well with warmer temperatures; a maximum of 95° F. Cooler temperatures at night help form flower buds.
FertilizingEvery two weeks
Fertilize when watering twice a month in the spring and summer with a 1/2 strength water-soluable fertilizer high in phosphorus to encourage blooms.
To transplant into a garden container or the garden bed, water your plant the night before. Dig the hole twice as wide as the grower pot and the same depth as the grower pot (not deeper). Remove the plant and center in the spot. Add rooting hormone around the roots of the plant. Water in the hole and let drain. If you have clay soils, add composted leaves, mushroom compost, and perlite to enhance the soil consistency. Slopes work well too. Fill around the plant and up to the top of its soil line. Tamp down with your hands to remove any air pockets. Water again around the drip line, being careful not to soak the leaves to help prevent fungus. Give this plant consistent waterings to allow the roots to establish but not remaining soggy. Mulch around the roots throughout the season.
After blooming throughout the season, trim flower stems back to the base to promote new growth and buds. If grown in the hardiness zones, they will eventually go dormant in the fall. Cut back any foliage and mulch well in late fall after the last frost.