Flower Class: How to Care for Gerbera Daisies

HOW-TO’s FOR HANDLING THESE GORGEOUS GERBS:P1000987

First, click on this LINK: FLOWER CLASS A TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE to read my general instructions for caring for ALL cut flowers before you start arranging them. That’s where you will learn how to keep your beautiful flowers at their freshest so you can enjoy them much longer!

Next, specifics for Gerbera daisies:

COST: Normally, I would say gerbs fall into the middle-average price range.  And because their heads are so big, you get more show for your $$, as well.

LONG-LASTING: Gerberas are really easy to take care of, and if you buy them when they’re fresh (ask the store when they came in and also check the stems; they should be very firm and not limp) — and let them sit in fresh water for a few hours before arranging them (this is called “conditioning”), they will last you a good 10 days to 2 weeks. 

TAKING THE HEAT: Because Gerbera daisies are tropical in origin,  they hold up better than many other flowers in warmer weather and that’s another advantage.

A MULTITUDE OF PETALS: Once your gerbs start to age a little, you may see browning on some of the petals, but if that happens, just gently pluck off the bad ones ~ and there are so many other petals, a few won’t be missed.

LONG STEMS: Those long stems have a big job as they support unusually large flower heads, so your job is to make sure there is always enough water flowing up through the stems to keep the heads hydrated and perky.

If you notice the flowers starting to droop (and the stems to be limp) ~ here is my #1 TOP SECRET TRICK to revive them! Just re-cut the stems (always at an angle), and place them in a container with VERY WARM WATER (verging on hot)!

I know — I have shared this tip a thousand times in my live workshops, and every time, I hear loud gasps of disbelief.  I get it: it’s counter-intuitive. But I am here to tell you: IT WORKS! The very warm/hot water travels up the flower stems much faster than cold water does, and 99% of the time (it may take 2-3 hours), the flowers will come to attention – because they are again fully hydrated (!!!) – and you will have saved them from an early demise! 

And here’s the thing: those flowers were on their way out anyway, so you have absolutely NOTHING to lose!! I can’t wait for you to try it! 

ARRANGING SUGGESTIONS: Gerberas play very well with others in loose arrangements as long as they have their own space (see photos of several example bouquets in my “Glorious Gerbera Daisies” post), but not as much in tight bouquets because their big, flat shapes don’t want to nestle in with other flowers. Their personalities make them want to dominate; they just can’t help it!

But they’re versatile, too. Their big beautiful heads can be displayed on a table out of water, they look amazing as cake decorations, and their wide flat shape makes them floatable, too. 

And here’s one final advantage: By now you know my philosophy about mixing fresh and fakes if you need to — and one of the best things about the gerbs is that they look almost identical whether fresh or fake.

To me, this means that if I need to, I can just cut off or remove a dying daisy flower (or more) and replace it with an exact duplicate in “silk” – and no one will ever be the wiser. 

I have lots of potted Gerbera daisies in my garden, and those faithful little guys suffer through my neglect and lack of water, and just keep going like troopers. They bloom for months, but if I am having a party or guests, and they’re between blooms, I just poke a few fakes in the dirt among the real plant leaves, and they look as welcoming and happy as ever. 

How many times have I mentioned this? There is no rule anywhere that says you can’t mix “fresh” with “fakes”!

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