With their vibrant hues, cheerful shapes and long, leafless stems, gerbera daisies are among the most popular of cut flowers. They are durable and long lasting, able to survive a week or more in clean water. Substantial and round, with dozens of petals that appear to explode from a soft, circular centre, these flowers add colour, style and interest to indoor environments. For these reasons, gerbera daisies are ideal blooms for the art of floral design. They can be used in a number of ways to make creative and enchanting flower arrangements.
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Things you need
- Assorted gerbera daisies
- Water-filled buckets
- 22-gauge floral wire
- Instant floral foam bricks
- Instant floral foam balls
- Assorted containers
- Assorted vases
- Clear cellophane
- Florist's knife
- Floral shears
Cut the stems of your gerbera daisies at a sharp angle using a florist's knife.
Position a piece of floral wire so it runs parallel to a gerbera daisy's stem. Point one end of the wire toward the underside of the daisy's head. Insert the end of the floral wire into the head of the gerbera daisy, but do not push it so far that it emerges out of the top of the head.
Wind the floral wire around the length of the daisy's stem two to three times. Floral wire supports the heavy heads of gerbera daisies and keeps their stems from drooping.
Place the freshly cut and wired daisies in a water-filled bucket to keep them hydrated as you create your arrangements.
Arrange gerbera daisies in a clear glass vase with a long, lean shape to highlight the daisies' streamlined stems.
Place gerbera daisies in unusual containers that may not hold water, such as woven baskets, wooden boxes, terra cotta pots or antique tins. Line the containers with clear cellophane, and fill them with bricks of floral foam that have been soaked in a water-filled bucket. Use floral shears to cut the stems of the daisies down to the desired length and insert them, along with greenery if you desire, into the floral foam.
Submerge a floral foam ball in water until it is saturated. Cut the gerbera daisy stems to a length of 2 inches using floral shears. Push the stems into the ball until you have covered its entire surface with daisies. Make three or five gerbera daisy balls. Arrange them on a tray or place them inside a large, wide, clear glass vase.
Float the heads of gerbera daisies in low, water-filled dishes or bowls. Remove the daisies' heads from their stems and float them in the water. Add floating candles to the dish as well, if you desire.
Tips and warnings
- It isn't necessary to wire daisies if you plan to remove and float the heads or cut the stems very short.
- Create flower arrangements with gerbera daisies in colours that either harmonise with or complement each other. Harmonising colours, such as orange, red-orange and yellow-orange, are in the same family. Complementary colours, such as purple and yellow, are opposite each other on the colour wheel. To get inspiration for combining colours in flower arrangements, view a colour wheel, a diagram used in colour theory, at Colormatters.com.
- Arrange odd numbers of gerbera daisies. Assemble daisies in groups of three, five or seven. For example, a display of three or five daisy balls looks better than two or four. This rule also applies to stems of arranged daisies in a vase or other container.
- For longer-lasting vase arrangements of gerbera daisies, keep the water clean. Change the water daily, if possible. Before using vases, wash with hot water, dish soap and a splash of bleach, then thoroughly rinse.
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