No matter what time of year your special event is being held or which colours you have chosen for your theme, you will find gerbera daisies that fit your needs. The cheerful hues of the large gerbera daisy will brighten any occasion. The gerbera daisy, also known as a gerber or African daisy, has a flat face that can grow up to 12.5 cm (5 inches) across. At this size, the gerbera is also an economical flower for bouquets because it takes fewer of them to create an impressive display.
Choose the freshest gerbera daisies you can find to create your bouquet. Touch the petals of the flowers to check for freshness. Gerbera daisy petals should feel soft and slightly pliable but still bouncy and resilient. Leave the plastic stem protectors in place if your flowers have them.
Prepare your daisies 24 to 48 hours in advance of making the bouquet. Cut approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) off the bottom of the stems with a sharp knife or utility scissors. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. A fresh, angular cut will allow the gerbera daisy to take in more water. Dissolve a packet of floral food in a clean vase filled with warm water and place the gerbera daisies in the vase immediately after trimming. Place the flowers in a cool area out of direct sunlight until you are ready to build the bouquet.
Remove any plastic stem protectors and cut off most of the gerbera daisy stem with your sharp knife or scissors. Leave approximately 5 cm (2 inches) of stem to work with. Set the flowers "head down" on your work surface to protect the petals from bruising or damage.
Insert a floral wire through the short stem and into the centre of the daisy. Push the wire gently until it pokes through the other side. Allow at least 5 cm (2 inches) of wire to protrude through the face of the gerbera daisy. Bend the wire into a hook and gently pull it back into the flower's centre. Continue to pull slowly and gently until the wire hook comes back out completely and aligns along the natural stem.
Wrap floral tape along the wire. Begin as close to the bottom of the flower as you can. Place your floral tape across the stem and protruding wire hook. Wrap the tape around the stem and down the entire length of the floral wire, working gently but with steady pressure. Keep the tape taught as you wrap. Cut or tear the tape when you reach the end of the wire. Repeat this process until all your gerbera daisies have been wrapped.
Choose two flowers to begin your bouquet. Wrap the stems of the flowers together with floral tape beginning at the top and working to the bottom of the stem. Continue to build your bouquet one flower at a time by following the same method. Eventually, you will have one large bunch of stems that have all been wrapped together with floral tape. Bend the flower stems as you work to create the shape of bouquet you desire.
Finish your bouquet by wrapping a coordinating ribbon over the floral tape. Secure the ribbon at the top and bottom with a decorative floral pin. Alternately, insert the stems of your gerbera daisy bouquet into a pre-made bouquet handle. Keep your bouquet chilled in a refrigerator set on low until it is time to carry it.
Add greenery or complimentary flowers to your gerbera bouquet by following the same methods of wiring and wrapping each stem. Include the extra flowers as you build the bouquet. Gerbera daisies are particularly sensitive to pollution or debris in their water. Be certain to use a clean vase and change the water once a day if you are keeping the daisies more than 24 hours before making your bouquet.
Proximity to some fruits and vegetables can cause your Gerbera daisies to wilt. When storing your finished bouquet, it is best to keep it in an empty, clean refrigerator.