Gerbera care tips
The Gerbera, our new Flower of the Month, doesn't need introducing. It is a very popular cut flower - surpassed only by the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum and tulip - and rightly so! There is a great variety of shapes and sizes available, in a number of colours including white, orange, red, yellow and pink. Petals of a single flower can even have several different colours. The origin of the Gerbera lies in the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and South America.
Arrangements with Gerberas at the florist
At the florist store, hygiene is very important for the Gerbera. So use clean materials, buckets and a clean environment. The stems of Gerberas are very sensitive to pollution. Gerberas do not drink much and the stems contaminate easily. Therefore you should put the Gerberas in a clean bucket with 1 litre of water and Chrysal CVBN tablets. These are available in a convenient click dispenser.
Gerberas that have been pre-treated with Chrysal CVBN have a solid stem and do not require an iron wire. This wire increases the chance of rust which has a negative effect on the vase life of flowers, especially in mixed bouquets. Keep in mind that some types of Gerbera continue to grow in the vase – which is something you should take into account when using it in your bouquets.
Gerbera care tips at home
To help you enjoy your Gerberas the longest at home, we have the following care tips for you:
- As Gerberas are sensitive to contamination, it is extra important to use a clean vase, preferably made of glass.
- Cut the stem 2-3 cm with a clean, sharp knife or secateurs.
- Gerberas don’t need a lot of water: half a litre of water with a 0.5 litre Chrysal cut flower food sachet or Professional 3 gives the best result for a single bouquet of Gerberas. This increases the vase life with 60% compared to water alone.
- Keep flowers away from draft, heat and direct sunlight.
- Enjoy these colourful flowers!