To see gerbera daisies is to feel happy. Vibrant colors are their hallmark, and fortunate is anyone who receives a bouquet of these beautiful flowers. Gerbera daisies are native to South Africa, where a Scot named Robert Jameson first discovered them in 1884. Their scientific name, Gerbera jamesonii, also recognizes the unexplained role in their discovery of a German doctor, Traugott Gerber, who was the director of a botanical garden in Moscow. The gerbera daisy is one of the world's most popular flowers, and a very popular gift too.
Gerbera daisies have large flower heads and their bright orange, yellow, red, pink and blue colors make them an ideal choice as a cheerful gift of cut flowers presented in a vase. Imaginative gift selections like "Pink Gerbera in a Jeweled Planter," "Gerbera Daisy and Teapot Planter" and "Bright Day Bouquet" are just a few examples of what is available online as floral gifts.They are the perfect gifts to celebrate happy occasions, like births, birthdays and anniversaries and grand openings of stores and new businesses.
The range of gifts with a gerbera daisy theme is testament to their worldwide popularity. They rank high on the list of best-loved flowers, after roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips. On gift websites you can find gerbera daisy calendars, prints, posters, mouse mats, stickers, postcards, greeting cards, magnets, keychains, coffee mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, neckties, aprons, even shoes. There are also gerbera daisy glass votive candle holders, gerbera daisy bouquet tea lite candle holders, gerbera daisy table vases, and even a red gerbera daisy blanket throw.
Shower and wedding themes
Gerbera daisies are an increasingly popular theme for bridal showers and even for weddings. They decorate bridal shower cards and wedding announcements and invitations. Silk gerbera daisies grace favor boxes, as well as items like lavender sachet favors, and flower pot pen favors. On selected wedding websites, there are even personalized wedding mint tins with the gerbera daisy motif.
Pots of gerbera daisies also make nice gifts, although at some stage they should be transplanted from containers to a garden where they grow best in the ground. While indoors, gerbera daisies prefer a temperature of about 75 degrees F. (no less than 45 degrees F. outdoors). They flower profusely under the right indoor conditions: relatively small containers and soil that is moist but not saturated, and that drains well. According to NASA, an interesting fact about gerbera daisies is that they are effective in removing the carcinogen benzene from the air.