Gerber daisies--also known as Gerbera daisies--are native to Africa, and are related to the sunflower. Discovered in 1880 by a French botanist named Traugott Gerber, the plant is known for the brightly colored blossoms in vibrant shades of hot pink, purple, blue, and orange. Gerbera daisies are commonly used in spring flower arrangements. Home gardeners can cut their own Gerber daisies to display.
Cut Gerber daisies from the plant early in the morning. Pull the leaves down, and cut the stem of the flower as close to the base of the plant as possible. Cut the stem at a 45 degree angle. Use sharp scissors or gardening shears to ensure a clean, smooth cut.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar per quart of tepid water. Pour the sugar-water mixture into a vase.
Place the cut Gerber daisies into the vase of sugar-water. The sugar in the water helps keep the daisies alive for a longer period of time.
Remove the daisies from the vase and change the sugar-water every third day. Cut 1/2 inch off of the bottom of the stem--again, at a 45-degree angle--each time the water is changed.