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Daisy
The birth flower for the month of
April

Gerbera spp. (Gerbera Daisy)

Meaning
Childlike innocence and playfulness, gentleness, loyalty, faith, romance, purity, cheerfulness and simplicity

Origins
Large, disc-shaped flowers carried atop long, fuzzy, leafless stems are hallmarks of the gerbera, a bloom native to South Africa and Asia, now cultivated by tissue culture. Gerberas are members of the Compositae family. These flowers are available in many colors, with light- or dark-colored centers, and in standard or micro sizes. Spider forms of gerberas are also offered.

Availability and Vase Life
Gerberas are available year-round from domestic and international sources. With proper care, gerberas can enjoy a vase life of 4-14 days.

Daisy
 
gerbera daisies
 
wild daisies

love me, love me not

Care and Handling
Any container used with these flowers should first be sanitized, as the frequently hollow-stemmed gerbera is especially susceptible to bacteria. Gerberas are also sensitive to fluoride, so use nonfluoridated water when processing gerberas if possible. Cut gerberas' stems under water before placing them in a clean container holding a properly prepared fresh flower-food solution.
Design Uses

gerbera daisiesGerberas are versatile blooms that are often used as mass flowers in designs. They're also popular in monocultivar bouquets, particularly when one seeks a retro 60's look.

General colors: variations of Red, pink, yellow, white, orange, salmon; single, semi-double to double

Try this selected  arrangement using daffodils/jonquils to celebrate this March beauty.

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Glassed Gerberas

This simple to make arrangement can be sized for your space and will add a major pop of colorful nature.

Courtesy: Flower Promotion Organization

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