Use clean vases and clean water.
If you have a mixed bouquet which includes Gerbera, use cut flower food.
Gerbera always grow in an upward direction.It is wise to remember this when planning your bouquet or arrangement.
Gerbera only need a small layer of water. If the water level is too high, the stem will uptake to much water and rot off where is meets the edge of the vase.the vase water every two days, adding flower food.
If the Gerbera begin to droop, take them out of the vase and cut a portion off the stem base (stem should be white inside, not brown) and place the Gerbera back in the vase, where they can hydrate and become upright again.
Always use a sharp knife to cut Gerbera stems, never scissors. Gerbera have a very soft stem and a scissor will easily damage them.
Never place Gerberas above a radiator or in bright sunlight. Avoid draughts.
Scientific Name: Gerbera jamesonii
Gerbera was first discovered in 1878 in South Africa by botanist
R. Jameson. The plant has since proved to be excellent for cultivation, and has become a popular and wide-spread cut flower and pot plant. Nurseries are constantly producing new hybrids and cultivars, and new varieties are being introduced to the market all the time.
Common names: Tempo-Transvaal Daisy – Barbaton Daisy
Native to South Africa, Madagascar, Asia and Indonesia.
Perennial , cold sensitive, with mono and double flowering types
Clump-forming , deep-rooting.
Introduced into cultivation from the prairies of Texas, production of lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflora) has increased dramatically in recent years, spurred by the development, largely in Japan, of excellent cultivars in a wide range of colors, and single and double forms. Properly pretreated, or with an adequate vase preservative, the flowers are long-lived in the vase. Each stem bears in excess of 8-10 buds and flowers, and several of the larger buds will open in the vase, if the flower is supplied with supplementary sugar.
Eustoma is one of the best success stories for flower seed breeders in the last two decades. The flower can be found growing wild in southern USA and Mexico but it took the Japanese to recognise and develop its potential as a cut flower.
Eustoma is now available in different colours and forms and is widely grown as a cut flower throughout the world: USA, Netherlands, Israel, Kenya, Tanzania, Japan.