Real World Gardener Amazing Garvinea Gerberas in Plant of the Week

December 27th, 2017


Gerbera Garvinea

When I worked for a large seed and gardening supply company, I was often asked why Gerbera seed was so expensive, or Rudbeckia seed?

The reason was that some seed has to be hand collected and hand packed because it’s too large and irregular for seed packing machines.



Another reason is that seed is hard to come by of a particular species, or perhaps that year, it was contaminated by weevils, or the seed grower’s crop experienced fungal problems and failed.

Whatever the reason, the plant that’s featured today isn’t sold by seed anyway, because it’s a relatively new release and a fantastic variety of flower (Gerbera.)

I'm talking with the plant panel, Jeremy Critchley of and Karen Smith, editor of


Florist Holland, a Gerbera breeding company started the breeding program over ten years ago.

Their aim was to improve the plant and it seems that they’ve done a marvellous job because Garvineas are winning awards around the world.



This new variety of Gerbera is nothing like the old school Gerbera, with it's multiple stems and long flowering period.

It’s always fun to try something new and buy a plant that you don’t know much about.

Can’t wait to get my hands on some Garvinea Gerberas as I’m sure some of you are too.

If you have any questions about Garvinea, or Jeremy or Karen why not write in to

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