HONSELEDIJK, The Netherlands: In April, we mark Easter and the arrival of new life: the perfect occasion for a colourful flower. With its cheerful appearance, the gerbera is the ideal candidate to make celebrations extra special this month. Consumers can read all about this versatile flower at Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk. Introduce your customers to the gerbera!
Origin of the gerbera
The gerbera is an unscented flower which is part of the Asteraceae family. It originates from South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania. Some 900 million gerberas a year are produced in the Netherlands with 600 different varieties of colour, shape and size. She’s a very popular lady!
The gerbera’s colours and shapes
If you think of gerberas, you think of colour! The gerbera’s basic colours are white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange and green. The flower is also available bicoloured, multi-coloured, and in various colours derived from basic primary colours. The flower’s beautiful heart can be black or green. In other words: there’s plenty of choice when it comes to colour! The shape is always cheerful: single and double flowered, pom-pom and spider shapes. Have you noticed that when a child draws a flower, it’s always in the shape of a gerbera?
Caring for gerberas
- Trim the stem diagonally with a sharp knife.
- Use a clean (glass) vase and fill it with approx. 7 cm of tap water at room temperature. Use cut flower food for a mixed bouquet.
- Ensure the right ambient temperature (max. 20 °C).
- Do not place gerberas in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
- Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
Symbolism of the gerbera
The gerbera has no symbolic meaning, but why should that matter? With its colourful and sunny appearance it instantly makes your home a cheerful and welcoming place. Its presence means: you make everything more beautiful!
Bouquet recipe with gerberas
What’s your favourite colour? And your second favourite? And your third favourite? When you make a bouquet with gerberas, you don’t have to choose. Yellow, pink, red, purple, white, orange: there is a matching colour or shape for every occasion. Get the most beautiful varieties from your florist and combine them with lilacs, bouvardia, alchemilla, statice and green trick. That’s guaranteed to give you both a colourful bouquet and happy faces.
What you need
- Briza media (grass)
More about the gerbera
Consumers can also find special DIY craft projects involving the cheerful gerbera at Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk. Got a wedding, birthday or other celebration coming up? Then how about making gerbera confetti?
Inspiration and information
Inspiring images of every flower in the Flower Agenda have been produced in line with the Horticulture Sector Trends 2017 (Groenbranche Trends 2017). These trends are a translation of what our consumers are interested in at the moment and are specifically aimed at the horticulture sector for use both indoors and outdoors. If you would like to find out more about the Flower Agenda click here.