The Gerbera

Gerbera
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The unscented flower originates from South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania and is a member of the composite flower family Asteraceae or Compositae.

The gerbera’s colours and shapes

The ever-cheerful gerbera is available in the basic colours of white, red, orange, yellow, pink, lilac and purple. The flower is available bicoloured, multicoloured and in various colours derived from the basic colours. There are also various flower shapes: single and double flowered, pom-pom and spider shapes. The flower’s beautiful heart can be black or green.

Care tips

  • Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature. 
  • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life. 
  • Trim the stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a sharp clean knife or secateurs. 
  • Regularly top the vase up with tap water. 
  • A wire only needs to be inserted if the flowers are being used in floral work. 
  • Do not place gerberas in a draught, in full sun or near central heating. 
  • Don’t place gerberas near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.

 

A fabulous bouquet with gerberas

Gerberas are perfect for creating a beautiful, sleek look. Combine different colours and shapes and create height differences. The stark lines of the vase in the photo make the contrast even greater. It looks like the gerberas are being lifted up by the sparkling purple statice. Placing the robust gerbera in a coloured vase, a glass vase or a small vase for individual flowers creates a completely different effect.

 

Symbolism of the gerbera

The gerbera has no official symbolic meaning, but its colourful and sunny appearance means that the flower represents cheerfulness and conviviality. Its presence means: you make everything more beautiful! Source: BBH

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