Gerberas are part of the daisy family but are a larger variation of them. Their overall meaning is innocence, purity, cheerfulness and joy. They are annual flowers that bloom repeatedly, bringing beauty to garden areas again and again. Gerbera when fully grown are 6 to 18 inches in height.
The gerbera daisy is native to south Africa and lush with bright colors and a happy beauty about it. These daisies are strong perennial plants with colors from deepest red to warm yellows, creams, white and peach shades. Not surprisingly the Victorian meaning of the gerbera daisy is happiness. You can find gerberas in our striking bouquet “Because of You”. Learn more…
“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.”
-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi-
When taking care of gerbera remember that these houseplants require an unusual combination of bright light and moderate temperatures. A spot near a sunny window may be too hot, but without adequate light, the plant won’t produce blooms. Water the plant deeply whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Let the pot drain thoroughly before replacing it on the saucer or drip tray, as the plant is likely to rot in soggy soil.
Also gerbera daisies benefit from monthly feeding during spring and summer using a regular fertilizer for houseplants or blooming plants. Pinch off blooms as soon as they wilt to keep the plant neat and compact, and to stimulate more blooms. Remove damaged or dead foliage as needed. If the plant looks crowded, repot it to a slightly larger pot any time of year.