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How to Store Gerbera Daisies

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

Gerbera daisies are beautiful flowers, so it’s no wonder if you want to keep them around a long time. After gerbera daisies have been cut, they can be stored indefinitely. The best way to store gerbera daisies is to first store them in a vase so that they can be enjoyed in their natural state. Then, to store them for the long term, dry gerbera daisies in the microwave. This method preserves their color and shape so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Store and Display Your Gerbera Daisies

Cut your gerbera daisies early in the morning. Cut them as close the crown as possible without cutting the crown itself.

Immediately after you cut your gerbera daisies, put them in a vase filled with warm water and a commercial flower preservative.

Store your gerbera daisies in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours each night.

Keep them on display for 10 days.

Dry and Permanently Store Your Gerbera Daisies

Cover the bottom of your microwave-safe container with a 3-inch layer of silica gel.

Place the gerbera daisies into the container on top of the silica gel. Make sure that all of the petals are arranged correctly because they will dry in that position.

Coat your gerbera daisies with silica gel. Carefully pour the gel over the flowers. Go slowly. You do not want to flatten the daisy's petals.

Place the container, uncovered, into the microwave. Set the microwave on its lowest heat setting and microwave the daisies for 3 minutes. Check on your gerbera daisies' progress every 30 seconds or so. If the gerberas aren't drying, increase the heat setting one level at a time. Add more time if necessary.

When the flowers are dry, take the daisies out and immediately cover the container. Then crack the corner of the container and let the flowers sit for 24 hours. Then, remove the petals from the silica gel and mist them with an acrylic spray. They can now be stored indefinitely as long as they are kept out of the sun.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Microwave safe container
  • Silica gel
  • Cut flower preservative
  • Vase
  • Refrigerator

Tip

  • Gerbera daisies tend to bend their heads toward the light when stored in vases, which warps their stems. To keep this from happening, place a wire mesh grid over the mouth of the vase. Then thread the gerbera's stems through the mesh so that their heads rest on the mesh and their stems do not touch the bottom of the vase.

About the Author

 

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.