We call gerberas our happy flowers. They are bright and cheerful and there are 100s to choose from in a huge array of colours. The smaller headed gerberas we call germini and recently we had some new spider and pompom gerberas for sale in the shop - just stunning.
They are the world's fifth most popular cut flower after roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips. Bees and butterflies love them but they are resistant to deer.
COLOURS AND SHAPES
When you think of gerberas, you think of colour! The gerbera’s basic colours are white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange and green. The flower is also available bi-coloured, multicoloured and in various shades derived from the basic colours. The flower’s beautiful heart can be black or green. In other words: there’s plenty of choice when it comes to colour. The shape is always cheerful: single and double flowered, pom-pom and spider shapes. Have you noticed that when a child draws a flower, it’s always in the shape of a gerbera?
The gerbera has no symbolic meaning but with its colourful and sunny appearance it makes any home or workplace more cheerful and welcoming. Its presence means: you make everything more beautiful!
ORIGIN OF THE GERBERA
The gerbera is an unscented flower which is part of the Asteraceae family. It originates from South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania. Some 900 million gerberas a year are produced in the Netherlands with 600 different varieties of colour, shape and size.
CARING FOR GERBERAS
Gerberas have much stronger stems these days - especially when bought from am independent florist! They used to get a bad press about drooping but here is a very USEFUL TIP:
Don't fill a vase and add gerberas. You will drown them - hence the drooping. They breath through their hairy stems so only put them in a small amount of water with the correct flower food. If you are still having trouble then ask your florist for a special tablet that goes in the water - we call them viagra for gerberas!!!!
- Trim the stem diagonally with a sharp knife.
- Use a clean (glass) vase and fill it with approx. 7 cm of tap water at room temperature. Use cut flower food for a mixed bouquet.
- Ensure the right ambient temperature (max. 20 °C).
- Do not place gerberas in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
- Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
- Never put cut flowers near a fruit bowl - the ethylene gas which fruit gives off ages the flowers much quicker.