Gerbera daisies, known also as African or transvaal daisies, are bold in color and sculptural in form making them ideal for use on their own in cut flower arrangements. The large saucer shaped flower heads sit atop a tall, round and velvety green stem without leaves and with a slightly arching form. They look good and rather modern when massed and left to fall naturally in a wide vase. They can also be used singly in a bud vase or in small numbers in narrow neck vases that hold the flowers in a more upright position and do not swamp their slim stems.
Select a vase or container suitable for your arrangements. If working with just a handful of gerbera on their own use a more narrow-mouthed vase so the flowers will not look too sparse in the container. If working with large numbers of gerbera or gerbera mixed with other flowers, choose a wider-mouthed vase to allow room for the flowers to mix loosely with one another. Fill the vase 1/3 to 1/2 full with cool water.
Hold the gerbera stems in one hand, making a bouquet, lining up the flower tops so that they are at the same level. Hold the ends of the stems under water and make a clean cut, underwater, on each stem at the exact same length.
Ensure that the gerbera stems are cut long enough so the flowers sit above the vase by at least the same height as the vase up to twice the height of the vase in order to maintain a proportional and visually balanced arrangement. Place the cut gerbera into the water filled vase immediately.
Let the stems fall into a natural position in the vase and adjust the flower heads so that they are shown to best advantage.