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Help!! My gerber daisy was doing so well. All of a sudden it is wilting somthing feirce. I have it planted on the east side, with sun during mid-day and late afternoon. I water it everyday. The new buds are wilting as well. The older folige is turning brown. It is the only gerber I have and wanted to get more, but not sure if I should try to now.
If it's planted in the garden (as opposed to a container) it shouldn't need to be watered every day unless you are having really hot weather and have really sandy soil, or if you just planted it within the last couple weeks (and maybe not even then). They'll make you think they need to be watered everyday because they'll sometimes wilt a little bit in the afternoon heat, but if you leave them alone you'll notice they perk back up again overnight--they didn't really need more water, just they weren't able to take up water fast enough to compensate for the heat of the sun so they temporarily wilt as a defense mechanism. So I'd check by sticking your finger down an inch or two into the soil, and when that starts to feel dry then water them, but otherwise if it still feels moist then you don't need to water yet.
Make sure you didn't plant it too deep. The crown (where the leaves meet the roots) should be at least an inch above the soil. Crown rot can happen really fast, in just a few days, if the crown is buried and the plant is overwatered.
Check out the SW board for tips on growing here. Try to grow things you see in others yards, not what you used to grow somewhere else and you will be fine! Welcome to NM! It really is the Land of Enchantment. Joyce