Gerber daisies were popularized by the Dutch in the early 18th century. The plant was discovered in Africa by Jan Frederic Gronovius who named it for his famous German doctor and botanist friend, Traugott Gerber. In 1827 Gerbers were introduced to the United Kingdom,where the production and cultivation of the flower variety was refined and commercialized. In 1950 Gerber Daisies became major part of Dutch flower cultivation. It then quickly became one of the most sought after flowers.
There is nothing quite like the colors you’ll find in Gerber Daisies. Its symbolism stems from their vibrant colors and is known to represent vividness and conviction. It’s also seen as a symbol for happiness and spontaneity.
Gerber daisies have an excellent vase life and there are constantly new varieties that are being added to its bright color palette. If you have a specific color or color mix in mind it’s extremely likely that you find a Gerber Daisy which suits your taste.
The flower is available throughout the year. Gerbera Daisies are usually divided into three sub species. The large-flowered species, small-flowered species (Germini or Mini Gerbera) and specialties. A standard sized Gerbera has a diameter of about 12.5 centimeters; a Germini has a diameter of 9 centimeters. The flower shapes can be subdivided into single, double, spider, and pomponi types.