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.
-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?