Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera’s strength lies in its colour. With their fresh, clear look and huge variety of colours, they will match with every other flower.

The Gerbera originates from exotic locations: South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania. The colourful flower was discovered by the botanist Gronovius, who lived in Leiden and who named the multifaceted plant after his colleague, Traugott Gerber. He was a doctor who collected plants in Russia. The Gerbera now comes in 600 different colours, shapes and sizes.

For any colour it is possible to think up a symbolic meaning which fits with a Gerbera in that colour.

White Gerberas were one of the flowers used for the decorations at the wedding of Dutch Crown-Prince Willem Alexander to Máxima in the Beurs van Berlage and the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. A few years ago Scandinavians started handing out orange Gerberas on May 31st, ‘No Smoking Day’.

There they present Gerberas to someone who does not smoke on that day. This day has now become established internationally.

  •   Properties
    Scientific name
    South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania
    Shelf life
    Gerberas will last on average between 7 to 14 days. Sometimes even longer.
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  •   Care tips florists
    • Gerbera can be stored in boxes or on water in the cold store at 5 to 7 °C.
    • Gerbera flowers which have been bought in boxes must first be removed from the boxes. This is done most easily by placing the interiors horizontally on top of a raised bucket so that the stems can hang in the water. The benefit of this method is that the flowers take up water horizontally, which makes it unnecessary to mount them on wire later.
    • In order to ensure that the flowers and the foliage don’t droop, it is a good idea to place the flowers in a shallow layer of water with some preservative after a few days. •Once the flower stems have been trimmed, they are placed in a clean vase with a preservative.
    • If there is no preservative available, a drop of chlorine can also be put in the water to retard the growth of bacteria.
    • Gerberas only need to be mounted on wire nowadays if the stem of the flower needs to be placed in a particular position. Provided that it is fresh, the current range requires no additional work. If the Gerbera is nonetheless mounted on wire, it is a good idea to allow for slight growth of the stem.
    • Clean and dry working is important. The flowers are sensitive to bacteria, and will quickly droop as a result of Botrytis. This is often called ‘spotting’ on Gerberas when it is on the petals. The heart can also be affected. The flowers are sensitive to bacteria and can soon droop if you do not work cleanly.
    • Clean and dry working is very important. 
  •   Care tips consumers
    • Use a clean vase and fill it with clean water.
    • Ensure that there is sufficient water in the vase. The water only needs to be topped up.
    • If there are just Gerberas in the vase, add the correct dose of the preservative provided or a few drops of chlorine. Three drops of chlorine to a litre of water is enough. If the Gerberas are part of a mixed bouquet, it is better to use cut flower food.
    • Always cut off the end of the stem in order to encourage the uptake of water.
    • Do not place the flowers in direct sunlight, in a draught or near a source of heat.