Bright, bold, and beautiful – the gerbera daisy spreads cheer wherever it goes. You can find gerbera daisies everywhere from grocery stores to fancy florists. No surprise, when you consider how ubiquitously beautiful these blooms are. In fact, according to ProFlowers, the gerbera daisy is the fifth most popular flower in the world!
Scotsman Robert Jameson was the first to discover the Gerbera daisy in 1884. He found the vivacious flower in Barberton, South Africa. J.D. Hooker was the first to scientifically name the daisy in 1889, choosing the name Gerbera Jamesonii after both discoverer Jameson and German botanist Traugott Gerber.
England began cultivating the gerbera shortly after its discovery. In fact, breeding programs helped bring out the most of the flower’s vividness, and created several new varieties. However, although England started breeding daisies in 1890, America didn’t start until some 40 years later.
By the 1970’s, breeding at the University of California, Davis, produced several types of gerbera plants that were ideal for garden planting. In Florida and Europe, however, gerbera breeding mostly focused on cultivating flowers primed for greenhouse cut flower production. Even today, gerbera daisy production in Europe and Japan is more for cut flowers than garden-ready gerberas.
When it comes to the current growth of gerberas, California and Florida take the cake in terms of the most production. Elsewhere in the world, gerberas are popular in the Netherlands and Columbia.
Gerberas come in a variety of colors, and while similarly shaped are slightly smaller than sunflowers, averaging around four inches wide. Enjoy one variety or a variety of shades for true bouquet beauty. Their fat leaves and long stems make them ideal for arranging with other blooms. They can even grow up to a foot tall!
Gerberas are April’s birth flower, so if you’re a spring baby, they’re perfect for you! They’re typically associated with purity, innocence, and cheerfulness. It’s easy to see why people might consider them pure: their opaque, seamless solid colors make them uncomplicated yet stunning. Likewise, there are few flower breeds as cheerful as the gerbera daisy. Their lively colors, flourishing petals, and lovely centers will make you instantly happy with a single glance.
The gerbera daisy can also represent loyal love. This symbolism makes gerbera daisies great for weddings, commemorating anniversaries, welcoming someone back from a long business trip, or just to say, “I’m here for you.”
Gerberas make some of the best decorative plants. Since they come in so many colors, you can decorate each room in a different shade. Here’s a helpful guide that will point you in the right direction toward decorative with gerberas.
To add excitement to a room…
Try red gerberas! Red is all about passion and excitement, so if you want to add some oomph to a normally boring room (say, an office), try placing a bouquet of red gerberas in the space.
To add cheer to a room…
Try yellow gerberas! Although all gerberas are cheerful, yellow blooms are particularly positive. Take your living room from ‘meh’ to ‘wow!’ with a luscious yellow gerbera arrangement.
To add flavor to a room…
Try orange gerberas! Orange gerberas are perfect for the kitchen, because they’ll stir your senses and make you hungry. Ideal for getting you ready for a nice, delicious meal.
To add calm to a room…
Try white gerberas! Where a room needs serenity and breath, white gerberas are in order. The silky, pure petals will make you exhale in relief and feel refreshed enough to tackle anything.
Gerbera Pressed Flowers
After you’ve enjoyed your gerbera daisies around the house, why not preserve their beauty forever by creating pressed flowers?
1) Lay out newspaper. Make sure you are placing it in a spot where it can sit for a few days.
2) Arrange your gerbera daisies on the paper, stems included. Make sure to add a bit of space between the blooms. The daisies should be facing upward.
3) Cover the daisies with more newspaper – a few sheets should do.
4) Lay a wooden board on top of the newspaper.
5) Lay a heavy book on top of the board.
6) Check on the flowers after a week by removing the board. If the newspaper is moist, remove and replace.
7) After another week, remove the heavy book, board, and newspaper.
8) Place the daisies on a fresh piece on newspaper in a room with good ventilation and a warm temperature for 2-3 days.
9) Trim the daisies at the stem. If they are still moist, dry them out for another few days by laying them out (however, don’t press them).
10) If they are dry and ready to go, store them in sealed containers. Better yet, glue them to a piece of a paper, and frame it! You now have your very own piece of gerbera daisy art.
Remember: be gentle with your newly pressed flowers! They’re rather delicate, so don’t manhandle the blooms. We recommend only touching the flowers if you have dry hands.
Gerbera Mason Jars
Gerberas are simply adorable, so arranging them in cute mason jars makes total sense! This is the perfect bridal or baby shower activity. All you need are mason jars, ribbons, permanent markers, and gerbera daisies!
1) Lay out your supplies. This should include at least one mason jar per guest, permanent markets in various colors, ribbons, and extra decorative features such as pebbles and stickers. You should also provide at least one gerbera daisy per guest.
2) Let the guests make their very own gerbera mason jar bouquets with the supplies you have! Each guest can take their jar home with them or exchange their creations amongst themselves.
Inform your guests that if they want their daisies to live a bit longer, simply add some water the flower feed. Just make sure they do it when they get home, so they won’t spill water transporting their mason jars!
You can keep your gerbera daisies from growing limp by caring for them properly. Trip the ends of your gerbera daisies at a 45 degree angle underwater, then place them in a vase with warm water and your BloomsyBox flower feed. The trick? Do NOT overfill the vase! It should only rising to about an inch of the gerbera daisies’ stems. If the vase has too much water in it, the gerberas are more likely to wilt rapidly.
After placing your daisies in a vase, keep them in a cool area (such as the fridge/freezer) overnight. The temperature should fall between 32 and 35 degrees, according to Home Guides. After letting the daisies chill overnight, you may place them wherever you need cheer in your home! Just remember to keep them out of direct heat or very cold temperatures.
Replace your gerberas’ water every few days, or when the water starts to get murky and brown. If you spot the ends turning mushy, re-trim them.
Remember: if your gerbera daisies receive proper care, they can last up to a week (maybe even more with a little magic)! So tend to your flowers, watch if they’re thirsty, soft, or wilting and change/resupply their water accordingly. No matter how long they last, your gerberas will be sure to delight you and anyone else who lays eyes on them.