Gerbera daisies have a mind of their own. They are known to naturally turn their heads toward the sun. They bloom in nearly every color (except true blues and purples) and produce fantastically large flowers on long, thick, sturdy stems. They last for a week or more in the vase, making them a favorite of flower arrangers. Gerbera is also important commercially. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip)
Care and Handling
- We suggest trimming off one inch, at an angle, and under water. Cutting the stems at an angle opens the flower’s pores, which allows them to drink and absorb more water.
- Remove excess foliage off of stems that you know will sit in the water. This excess foliage will dirty the water, as well as suck up too much. The actual blossoms will not receive enough to drink if this happens.
- On day 3 of the flowers vase life, or when the water is turning yellow, it is best to re-cut the stems and change the water. During this time, add the second packet of flower food. This will remove any bacteria growing in the water, which causes the flowers to wilt faster.
- Daisies are sensitive to dirty water, which can cause bent necks. If this happens, re-cut stems and place in fresh water.
- Keep your daisies away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts. The flowers will last longer if they live in a room that has a cool temperature.
- The average lifespan of daisies varies between 7 to 10 days typically.