Start Gerbera from seed

I want to start growing Gerbera Daisies from seed. I have some Gerbera daisies in bloom now, but don’t know how or where or when to collect the seeds from the flower.
When the flower is finished blooming and fully matured, the center will become fuzzy and the ripe seeds will be on the end of the thick hairs. The seeds should be plump, hard and slightly thick in the middle.
To collect the seeds,  place the dried flower head in a paper/plastic bag and shake to loosen the seeds. F1 hybrid plants will not produce many viable seeds and will revert to the parent plant characteristics.  Gerbera jamesonii is not a hybrid, seeds can be saved from this plant and should be viable.

Planting the seed
The best time to sow gerbera daisy seeds is in early spring. Plant the seeds 12 weeks before setting outside. Use fresh seeds. Plant the pointed end down and fluffy top up in pre-moistened well-drained soil mix of  1/2 peat and 1/2 perlite. Do not cover completely as they need light to germinate but avoid direct sun.  Enclose the container with plastic to maintain moisture & humidity. Provide light(12 hrs of incandescent light) and maintain a bottom heat of 72-78 (22-25C) or a soil temperature of 68F.  For even germination, keep the soil moist at all times. Germination takes 7-14 days or as long as 30 days. When the plants are 1″ tall or when two true leaves develop, transplant the seedlings into well drained potting soil.  It can take up to 6 months from seed to bloom.
The tiny Gerbera seeds are expensive to buy and come in a moisture proof package with a short shelf life. Some say less than a year. Seeds should be stored in cool temperature away from light.  Once you open the package you need to plant the seeds or they will loose their viablilty very quickly.  Any unused seeds can be stored in the frig for a short time.

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