Gerbera were named after the German naturalist Traugtt Gerber and are a genus of the sunflower family. Gerbera is also known as the Transvaal Daisy or Barberton Daisy. All gerbera have a central capitulum, which is composed of hundreds of individual flowers, surrounded by numerous florets creating the shape of a daisy.
Gerbera are available commercially in two categories - Large Gebera, simply called 'gerbera' and Mini Gerbera, called 'germini'. Gerbera are available in diameters up to 12cm and gernini up to 7cm. Between the two sizes, gerbera & germini are the 5th most popular cut flower in the world and are available in 100's of varieties and colours. Beware - the same variety is never available in both gerbera & germini!
Many florists wire up the stems and under the flower head to keep the gerbera upright in arrangements & wedding flowers as they are prone to drooping. (A good tip is to add a drop of bleach to the water when conditioning gerbera - it strengthens the stem and they absolutely love it!).
Large Gerbera are traditionally wholesaled in boxes of 50 stems at a time. Recently growers have been packing the more exclusive gerbera varieties in boxes of 30 stems to minimise damage in transport. Stem length is aprroximately 50cm.
Mini Gerbera, (or Germini), are traditionally wholesaled in boxes of 60 stems. They are sometimes available in aqua buckets of 80 stems, cutting down on packaging materials. Stem length is approxiamtely 50cm.
General Availability Chart
To get the best from your wholesale cut gerbera & germini please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food plus a drop of bleach.
- Place the gerbera in the buckets upright with the heads supported.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the gerbera in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.