"GERBERAS??? ARE THOSE THE COLOURED MARGUERITES ON AN IRON WIRE?"
My hair stands on end when I hear that...
It used to be common practice to hang gerberas on a wire. However, years of research and breeding have ensured that there are plenty of varieties on the market with a long lifespan. When this fact is combined with increasingly better cultivation techniques, the robustness of these flowers has increased substantially. We pamper our little darlings with extra light in dark periods, adapted foods and dosing of CO2.
A THING OF THE PAST
Due to this increased robustness of both flower and stem, it is 'unnecessary' and even 'not recommended' to place the flower on a wire.
USE OF IRON WIRE - HOWEVER IT IS DONE - HARMS THE FLOWER AND THE STEM.
It is only acceptable if the flower needs to maintain a certain horizontal line/curve in an arrangement.
Did you know that gerberas always turn away from the centre of the Earth? When they are removed from their packaging, the stem may appear to have kinks. This is perfectly normal... For this reason, do not lay your flowers perfectly horizontally, but cut them back sharply and put them in a vase. You will see that in no time at all you will have perfectly fresh, upright gerberas.