Gerbera Daisy Cut Flower Care in 7 Quick Steps Gerbera Daisies Add a Bold Splash of Color to Any Space. Here Are 7 Simple Steps to Follow to Help Yours Last as Long as Possible.

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Gerbera Daisy Cut Flower Care – The 7 Simple Steps You Should Follow

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Gerbera daisies, also known as Barberton daisies, have steadily grown in popularity with flower lovers over the last several years.

With their big, bold blooms, which come in a rainbow of colors, they have also become very trendy, either to enjoy by themselves in an elegant glass vase or in colorful flower arrangements.

So much so that growers have had to step up production year after year in order to meet the increased demand.

With so many color choices, they are especially popular with DIY brides, who are able to buy gerberas online at very reasonable prices.

And sending a bright, colorful gerbera daisy bouquet is a thoughtful and trendy way to celebrate any occasion.

In my opinion, the main reason for their explosive popularity is that consumers have discovered they are long-lasting flowers, making them an excellent value for the money.

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

  1. Remove the protective plastic cups (if used) from the flower.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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  5. 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.
  6. 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. 

    Using flower food will provide additional days of vase life, but don’t just add it into the vase. Preservative solutions will not work unless mixed with the proper amount of water. 

    I suggest mixing the packet of floral food with the recommended amount of water in a separate container according to directions. Use that water to fill your vase, and save the rest for refilling the vase later on.

    Using tap water is fine, but avoid using water from a water softener. Using tap water is fine, but avoid using water from a water softener.

  7. 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.

These care instructions are printed on the box our gerbs 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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