Gerbera Daisies – 7 Simple Care and Handling Tips You Can Use
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Gerbera daisies, also known as Barberton daisies, have grown in popularity with flower lovers over the last several years.
So much so that growers have had to increase the production of this colorful flower to meet the demand.
Sending a bright, colorful gerbera daisy bouquet is a thoughtful and trendy way to celebrate any occasion.
Because of their big, bold blooms, which come in a rainbow of colors, they have also become trendy fresh cut flowers, either to enjoy by themselves in an elegant glass vase or in colorful flower arrangements.
They are especially popular with DIY brides, who are able to buy gerberas online at very reasonable prices.
How Long Do Gerbera Daisies Last?
On average, with proper care and handling, you can expect fresh-cut blooms to have around a 7-10 day vase life.
Here are the steps you should follow to ensure your gerberas will last as long as possible.
Gerbera Daisy Care Tips
- Remove the protective plastic cups (if used) from the flower.
- While holding the stems underwater in a sink or under running water, cut about one inch off each stem with a sharp, clean floral knife or shears and dip the end of the newly-cut stem in Floralife QuicK Dip. DO NOT let the newly cut end dry off before transferring them to your arrangement or other container.
- Immediately place your gerbera daisies in a clean container to which a warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees F) has been added. If possible, leave them in a cool, dark room or refrigerator to hydrate or ‘condition’ for 2 or 3 hours before arranging.
If the stems need straightening, suspend or hang them in the vase by using a grid of wire mesh, making sure the stems do not touch the bottom of the vase.
- Temperature is also key to the longevity of gerbera daisies. Display your fresh cut gerbera daisy arrangements in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.
- Fresh water, to which a good commercial floral preservative has been added, is the best solution in which to arrange fresh cut gerbera daisies.
Alternative floral preservative recipes use a mix of lemon juice, sugar, and bleach. You could use them in a pinch, but they are not as effective as a commercial solution.
Besides, consumer packets of flower food usually are included with every flower purchase today. Just add them to a quart of water, mix, and you’re done.
Using flower food as recommended will provide additional days of vase life. Using tap water is fine, but avoid using water from a water softener.
- Check the water level daily. Gerbera daisies are thirsty flowers. It is important to check to see that the vase is full and add preservative solution often. Be sure any floral foam materials used are completely saturated and the container is full daily. It’s important to keep an eye out for any sign of water deprivation because once it starts, you may not be able to revive your gerberas.
How to Keep Gerbera Daisies from Drooping
Gerbera stems are highly susceptible to bacterial stem blockage, which can cause the flower head to droop. It’s essential to use clean water, re-cut the stems with a clean knife, and replenish preservatives every 1 to 2 days. If the stem is soft and you notice the flower petals beginning to droop, it may be too late to save the flower.
Gerberas also have a heavy flower head. Florists will sometimes use flower straws to help support the stems when using them in arrangements. However, if you process and hydrate your flowers promptly following the above steps, straws should not always be necessary.
The video below includes a few of the “secrets” that professionals florists use when processing, re-hydrating, and handling damaged gerbera daisies.
Following the steps outlined above and in the video will help you to be able to extend the enjoyment and value of your gerbera daisy purchase.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.