Gerberas are particularly popular as cut flowers. But they also adorn every flower window as a potted plant. You can also plant some varieties in the garden in summer. What do you have to consider if you want to cut gerberas for the vase or for care?
Cutting gerbera – when is it necessary?
- As a cut flower
- For removing dead leaves
- To stimulate flowering
- For care before hibernation
If you have gerberas planted in the garden, you may occasionally want to trim one or more flowers for bouquets. You can also use flowers from indoor plants as cut flowers.
Choose only those flowers that are not yet open too wide, but are also no longer completely closed. Cut the stem about 3 inches off the ground.
Use the right cutting tool
Use scissors instead of a knife to cut. As a result, the remainder of the stalk does not fray and is not attacked by putrefactive bacteria as quickly. Only use sharp scissors that you have cleaned well beforehand. Then you do not transfer germs and bacteria that can damage the plant.
Prune gerberas before hibernation
If you want to overwinter garden gerberas indoors, you should cut off all dried leaves and especially the spent inflorescences after digging up.
You should not cut the plant back completely. Leave all healthy parts of the plant.
Always cut faded houseplants immediately
So that the houseplant or garden gerbera produces many flowers, you should always grab the scissors immediately when a flower has faded or leaves have dried up.
As with the garden gerbera, cut the stems just above ground level. The rest of the stalk pulls itself in and is no longer a problem after a short time.
Gerbera in the vase should be re-cut every two to three days. Otherwise, the water-carrying veins will condense and begin to rot. The flower then dries up very quickly because it no longer receives enough moisture.