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How to Pollinate Gerbera Daisy Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: July 18, 2022

Gerbera daisy plants are popular for their bright and beautiful blooms. However, many gardeners struggle with getting a good yield from their plants. One of the most important steps in increasing your yield is pollination. In this article, we’ll discuss how to pollinate your Gerbera daisy plant for maximum results.

Understanding Gerbera Daisy Pollination

Gerbera daisies have both male and female reproductive organs. The male organs produce pollen, while the female organs produce seeds. In order for pollination to occur, the pollen from the male organs must be transferred to the female organs.

This can happen naturally through insects or wind, but often gardeners need to take matters into their own hands to ensure a good yield.

Hand Pollination

Hand pollination is the process of manually transferring pollen from the male to the female reproductive organs. This is done using a small brush or cotton swab.

To hand pollinate your Gerbera daisy plant, follow these steps:

  1. Wait until your plant has fully bloomed and the pollen is visible on the anthers (the male reproductive organs).
  2. Using a small brush or cotton swab, gently transfer some of the pollen from the anthers to the stigma (the female reproductive organ) in the center of the flower.
  3. Repeat this process with all of your open flowers, making sure to use a clean brush or cotton swab for each one.

Natural Pollinators

If you prefer not to hand pollinate your Gerbera daisy plant, there are natural pollinators that can help. Bees, butterflies, and other insects are attracted to the bright blooms of Gerbera daisies and will often transfer pollen as they move from flower to flower.

To attract natural pollinators to your garden, plant flowers and herbs that are known to attract bees and butterflies. Some examples include lavender, mint, and sunflowers.

Tips for Maximum Yield

In addition to pollination, there are a few other tips to keep in mind to maximize your Gerbera daisy yield:

  • Water regularly: Gerbera daisies require consistent moisture to thrive. Water your plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather.
  • Fertilize monthly: Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to provide your plants with the nutrients they need.
  • Deadhead spent blooms: Remove spent flowers regularly to encourage new growth and extend the blooming season.
  • Provide plenty of light: Gerbera daisies need at least six hours of sunlight per day to grow and bloom properly.

By following these tips and pollinating your Gerbera daisy plant either by hand or with natural pollinators, you can increase your yield and enjoy beautiful blooms all season long.


Can I use a different tool for hand pollination?

Yes, you can use any small, clean tool that will allow you to transfer pollen from the male to female reproductive organs. Some gardeners prefer using a small paintbrush or even their finger.

How long does it take for Gerbera daisies to bloom?

Gerbera daisies typically bloom in the spring or summer months, depending on your climate. They can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to produce their first blooms after planting.

Should I remove the entire flower after it has bloomed?

No, only remove the spent bloom itself. Leave the stem and foliage intact as they will continue to provide energy to the plant for future blooms.

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