Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gerbera Garvinea - Winter hardy perennial Gerbera
We're finally there, or here... I'm not sure which. But we have shipped our first Gerbera Garvinea plants. The pictures above are promotional shots from the breeders (Florist bv.) but I'm happy to report that results like this are easy to achieve. Just find a sunny spot and make sure their roots are in well drained soil, they really do like to be grown dry.
Unfortunately I don't have a photo but Garvineas have been used beautifully in the Tree & Shrub Growers of Victoria's Gold Medal winning display at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Our plants have been released to nine independent retail Garden Centre outlets around Melbourne and we are looking for more quality retailers to partner with us to give this terrific plant the presentation it deserves. There's also a great chance ("99%") that Graeme Ross will feature Gerbera Garvinea on tonight's Better Homes & Gardens Flower & Garden Show showcase (Channel 7, 7.30pm).
Keep in mind that these plants have been bred for garden performance, they make great pots and the long slender stems produce beautiful cut flowers. Only don't cut the flowers off, give them a gentle twist and fold so that the stem breaks off right down at the growing point at the base of the plant. Pick the flowers often it encourages fresh growth and prevents the spent flowers getting tatty. All potted Gerberas prefer a sunny position so if you bring pots inside, make it short term then send them back outside to recover.
By the way I'll be at the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria's Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition display (site B59) at the Flower Show on Sunday. Carlton Gardens, 9.00am-5.00pm please come and say hello if your coming in and if you get any inspiring photos, please send some my way.