How to Preserve Gerbera Daisies


Gerbera daisies can create a vibrant and colorful bouquet. The variety of colors are vast and include pink, yellow, orange, red, white and purple. The center of the flower is typically black. The bright green stalk ranges between 50 and 60 centimeters and the bloom size is 3.5 inches in diameter. Found growing wild in South America and Africa, the gerbera daisy is part of the sunflower family.

Step 1

Cut the gerbera daisy one inch from the bottom of the plant using shears. Make sure the flower is fully open before cutting. Remove the daisies in the morning when their stems are filled with water and are firm to the touch.

Step 2

Remove any leaves or foliage that can create bacterial growth in the vase, which will reduce the lifespan of the daisies and create a strong smell.

Step 3

Fill up a vase with lukewarm water, about 100 degrees F. Warm water molecules move faster than cold molecules and can be absorbed by the gerbera daisy. The goal is for water and nutrients to reach the flower as quickly as possible.

Step 4

Dissolve one aspirin in the water to help preserve the gerbera daisies. Alternatively you can create a homemade flower preservative. Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar and bleach with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Add this to the vase of flowers to increase the lifespan of the flowers.

Step 5

Situate the daisies in the lukewarm vase of water. Using shears, cut the daisy at a 45 degree angle. This enables the flower to take in more water because of the larger surface area, and allows the stem to stand on a point.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never use ordinary scissors when cutting the daisies. They will crush the vascular system of the gerbera daisy and inhibit water intake.

Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Vase
  • Lukewarm water
  • Aspirin
  • Flower preservative mix


  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Who Can Help

  • Gerbera
Keywords: gerbera daisy, preserving gerbers, cutting gerbera daisies

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.