Gerbera buds surprise many people. This flower does not bloom in the usual sense – the petals grow simultaneously with the stem, and the receptacle (the flower’s middle) remains open during the whole process of development.
From bud to flower
The bud in a gerbera rosette is not immediately noticeable, because the small young leaves are abundantly covered with white fluffy hairs. The bud has no such pubescence, and its spherical shape rather quickly begins to stand out against the general background. Most flowering plants have cup-shaped leaflets – little green leaves underneath the petals – which hide the petals and the mid-petals until they bloom. With gerbera they open almost immediately, and you can observe the fascinating process of development of all parts of the flower.
The first two weeks of development
At first, the flower sprout has a light yellow, almost white tint, but after a few days, it begins to turn the color of the variety. In my case, after a week, the middle of the future flower was pink, and after another week I saw small petals.
Appearance of petals
When the flower blooms
The gerbera bud stays under the leaves throughout its development, and only when it rises above them will the petals unfurl and take on a horizontal position. The flower may look underdeveloped on one side for the first day or two. There is nothing wrong with this, because on a windowsill the plant does not get even light on all sides.
The lagging part quickly catches up, and already on the third one, one can contemplate a perfectly correct symmetrical flower. The anthers and pistils mature from the edges to the center. I did not cut the flower from the plant – it was interesting to see how long it would last. On hot sunny days on a southern window sill, it lasted a week and a half.
Self-pollination in gerberas does not occur. Cross-pollination should be done in several stages, since the maturation of anthers and pistils does not occur simultaneously. To make things easier, you can collect pollen with a brush, shake it off into a glass container and put it in a dark, cool place – freshness lasts about 3 months. The pollen is distributed with a brush all over the middle of the flower, repeat the procedure with a few days intervals. If pollination is successful, up to 200-250 seeds can be obtained from a single flower.