Gerberas – Discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson, the Gerbera is the 5th most popular flower, and the most popular daisy variety. Simple yet sophisticated, the vibrant colored Gerberas are the birth flowers for the star sign Leo (July). A beautiful compliment in any flower bouquet, we ship each individual floret with a protective net and a clear tube to support the stem, to ensure that the flowers arrive and flourish to their maximum beauty and expected vase life.
Gerbera Daisy Bouquet Estimated Vase Life – 4 – 7 days
Meaning – (orange) You are the sunshine of my life, (red) Unconscious in love, (white) Innocence; Truth (yellow) I'll try harder to win your love
Gerbera Daisy Care Tip – Gently remove the protective cup from each blossom; the petals will gradually unfold to their full state. Fill your vessel with approximately 5 to 6 inches of water depending on its height. The fuzzy stems of these flowers decompose quickly in deep water. Gerbera stems are highly susceptible to bacteria blockage which may cause their heads to droop over. Therefore it is very important to use clean water and replenish their supply of flower food every 1-2 days.
Bending is a natural attribute of this flower.
Gerbera Daisy Bouquet Arranging Tip – Gerberas may be prone to bent neck, which can be avoided by inserting floral wire in the stem to lend additional support to the large floret.
IMPORTANT TIP for Gerbera Daisies- To make sure gerbera stems remain straight, support the flower heads when conditioning in water. This can be done by placing a piece of chicken wire over a deep bucket, so that the heads are supported and the stems hang free into the water. Let the flowers hydrate this way for several hours
Daisy History and Symbolism
According to an old Celtic legend, the spirits of children who died in childbirth scattered daisies on the earth to cheer their sorrowing parents. Beautiful gold hairpins, each ending in a daisy-like ornament were found when the Minoan palace on the Island of Crete was excavated. They are believed to be more than 4000 years old. Egyptian ceramics are also decorated with daisies. This flower’s English name was day's eye, referring to the way this flower opens and closes with the sun. And primitive medical men drew the obvious conclusion that it was plainly intended to cure eye troubles. Assyrians crushed daisies and mixed them with oil to turn gray hair dark again.
Marguerite, the French word for daisy, is derived from a Greek word meaning "pearl". Francis I called his sister Marguerite of Marguerites and the lady used the daisy as her device, so did Margaret of Anjou the wife of Henry IV and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. There is an old English saying that spring has not come until you can set your foot on twelve daises. King Henry VIII ate dishes of daisies to relieve himself from his stomach-ulcer pain. And a common remedy for insanity was to drink crushed daisies steeped in wine, in small doses for 15 days.