Last week we chatted about Growing Gerbera daisies and I found that I’m not the only one who adores these beautiful flowers. Many of us right here are either growing or purchasing gerberas to enjoy at home.
Did you know you can help these flowers after they’re cut by supporting the blooms using wire?
It’s true and this was something we did back in my floral shop days when boxes arrived for every day arrangements and weddings.
Wiring is a simple tip that with a little practice will become second nature and easy to use the next time you purchase or harvest gerberas from the garden.
Why we Wire Gerbera Daisies
Years ago, when I was learning to be a florist, one of the first techniques was how to wire flowers. At the time, this was an alien concept, but rather quickly I discovered with a little wire you could do some pretty amazing things with fresh cut flowers.
Wiring gerbera daisies is a matter of offering support to those heavy blooms. The flower head is quite large compared to its delicate stem and once cut from the base plant they quickly tilt looking almost wilted.
The thing is, they have a lot of life to offer once cut and by adding wire we can help prolong their beautiful appearance.
Supplies for Wiring Gerbera Daisies
Our supply list for this activity is very basic and can be purchased at crafts stores in the floral department, local flower shops and I’ve also encountered these materials at Dollar General.
Flowers can be tracked down at local nurseries, floral shops and many grocery store florists.
- Fresh Cut Gerbera Daisy blooms
- Wire Cutters
- Green plastic-coated floral wire – 18 gauge for large blooms or 20 gauge for medium size.
- Green Floral tape
How to Add Wire and Tape
- To begin you want to first take a strand of wire and slightly poke into the base of the flower.
- Then carefully wire wrap around the stem.
- Take the floral tape, stretch around the base, cover the wire and wrap until you reach the end of the wire.
First practice this technique using a plastic straw until you get the hang of it. This tape is coated so it can be difficult to work with.
It will grab and stick to any live stem but it will be necessary to master the technique first.
This is how I was Taught
Stretch tape, wrap and secure around stem. This is done pretty much all at the same time as you cover the stem with tape.
It can be a little tricky to learn but with practice it will become very natural.
The goal is to make sure the wire is covered so when these flowers are in bouquets, they look consistent with the rest of the arrangement. This is especially important if you’re making wedding arrangements.
The last thing a bride wants is to see wire within her bridal bouquet.
Once flowers are wired, they can be arranged into a vase or wet oasis. You’ll barely notice the gerbera’s have been doctored and they’ll last much longer than if they were inserted without wire.
This is a great little technique that can also be used for roses and peonies. Just skip taping because those flowers just look better with a few leaves on their stem.
Hope you enjoyed this little tip; floral arranging is a fun craft. One that I really enjoyed long ago and still do today.