12.22.2013

How To Save Dying Gerber Daisies


Gerber Daisies used to be my very favorite flower, back when Drew Barrymore was my favorite actress, and overalls were my favorite wardrobe staple. I stopped buying them as an adult not because I stopped loving them, but because I felt that all too often they were weak and would die within a day or so of purchase. As an adult we want our purchases to be investments as often as possible. And I just couldn't invest in something that would be dead within a day. 

But that was all before I learned that I was the one who was doing it all wrong. Everything I knew about keeping flowers alive (cut the stems at an angle, place in water) applied to sensitive Gerberas, but there was something else that I didn't know. 

When Gerbers start to fall, you can bring them back to life easily by soaking them up to their little necks in water. It's like magic. And a worthy investment, if I do say so myself.

Materials Needed
-Masking Tape
-Scissors
-Jars or a tall glass vase

Step 1: Cut off the dead part of the stems, just past where the daisy is drooping.


Step 2: Place masking tape in a grid-like pattern over the top of your jars or bucket if using fresh daisies.


Step 3: Fill the jars with water all the way to the top. Place the flowers into the grid, so that the flower stays dry, but the entire stem is submerged in water.



Step 4: Allow Gerberas to soak up the water for 4-6 hours. Flowers are ready when you can take one flower out of the jar, and it will stand upright all on its own.



Step 5: Voila! All better!



FYI - You can also do this to the stems from the very beginning using a very tall bucket when you first bring the Gerbers home, and they will last much longer from the beginning! 

What's your favorite flower, loves?

1 comment :

  1. What a great tip! I stopped buying them for the same reason. However, I lover Gerber daisies and tulips in the winter -- they're just such happy flowers.

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