Gerber daisy is better known as Gerbera daisy. The flowers are daisy-shaped from 3 to 5 inches in diameter. The plants are bushy and compact, growing to 12 inches or so high with dark green, arrow-shaped leaves. The flowers are borne on stems from 5 to 18 inches above the plants. Gerbera daisies are normally used in bouquets and arrangements rather than corsages because of their size. However, the smaller variety does make an unusual corsage.
Prepare the daisies. Condition them by immersing them up to their flower heads in ice cold water for at least 60 minutes. The daisies stay fresher longer with this treatment. Remove from the water. Cut the stems to 3 inches long. Dry off the stems and the daisy if necessary. Cut the gypsophila into seven sprigs with stems 3 inches long as well.
Wire each daisy by piercing it through the receptacle, the fleshy part right below the petals on the underside of the flower, with 4 inches of floral wire. Bend the wire down the other side of the stem--2 inches of wire should now be on each side of the stem. Gently twist the wire around the stem without crushing it.
Place a small sprig of Gypsophila behind and next to each daisy. Lay a fern leaf behind the group of flowers. Attach the sprigs to the daisy by wrapping all five stems (three of gypsophila, the leather-leaf fern and the daisy) with floral tape, twisting the tape around the stems, and stretching it as you go.
Wrap two or three mini carnations and a sprig of gypsophila with floral tape. Make two of these bundles.
Place the daisy group of flowers in the center, and place a mini carnation group on either side of the daisy group slightly lower. Place a sprig of gypsophila in the center between the two mini carnation groups. Tape all three groups of flowers and the extra sprig of gypsophila together with floral tape, twisting and stretching. The flowers should be close together and resemble a little nosegay.
Attach the bow to the corsage right below the lower groups of mini carnations by tying it on, using a bit of floral tape or floral wire.