Organic manures are used when the saplings start sprouting. 1 kilo each of groundnut cake and neem cake are mixed in 5 litres of water. Leave this mixture for 4 days. This solution must be mixed in water in the ratio 1:10 poured at the root of the plant twice or thrice a week. Avoid spraying this on the leaves. When it comes to chemical fertilizers, one of the most effective mixtures are, 5 grams of urea and 5 litres of water in the 18:18:18 ratio. This solution should be poured at the base of the plant once in 3 days. The roots of the gerbera have elongated fibrous structures on them. A balance mixture of both chemical and natural fertilizers are required for the proper growth.
During monsoon, utmost care should be taken to avoid excess water content in the pot so as to prevent root decaying. Gerberas will start blooming within 3-4 months of sowing. Once the gerbera starts flowering, NPK (chemical fertilizer) and calcium nitrate must be provided in the ratio 6:12:36. Dry leaves must be removed regularly. This will promote flowering and increase plant immunity against diseases.
Avoid plucking flowers carelessly, as this results in stem holes and subsequent decay of the gerbera. Always cut flower without causing any damage to the plant. The soil mixture or compost used for planting must be changed every 2 years as this will contribute to enhanced plant growth. Impaired roots must be removed while changing the mixture in the pot. What matters most in gerbera cultivation the care and attention given to the plant.