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Gerbera Daisies – 7 Simple Care and Handling Tips You Can Use
Gerbera daisies, also known as Barberton daisies, have steadily 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 in order 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 flowers, which come in a rainbow of colors, they have also become a very popular wedding flower.
They are especially popular with DIY brides, who are able to buy gerberas wholesale at very reasonable prices.
How Long Do Gerbera Daisies Last?
On average, with proper care and handling, you can expect gerbera daisies to have around a 7-10 day vase life.
Here are 7 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 floral knife or shears. DO NOT let the newly cut end dry off before transferring them to your arrangement or other container.
- Water, to which a good floral preservative has been added, is the best solution in which to arrange fresh cut gerbera daisies. Using floral preservative as recommended will provide additional days of vase life. Avoid using water from a water softener.
- Immediately after the stems are cut, place your gerbera daisies in a deep vase of warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees F). If possible, leave them in a cool, dark room or refrigerator to hydrate or ‘condition’ for 2 or 3 hours before arranging.
- Temperature is key to the longevity of gerbera daisies. Display your fresh cut gerbera daisy arrangements in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.
- 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 cut daisies.
- Gerbera stems are also highly susceptible to bacteria blockage, which may cause the flower head to droop. Use clean water and replenish preservatives every 1 to 2 days. Gerberas also have a heavy flower head. Florists use flower straws to help support the stems when using them in arrangements.
[These care instructions are actually printed right on the top of the box they arrive in.]
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.