Fabulous Gerberas

Posted by on July 24, 2006 in Cut Flowers | 12 comments

I was really suprised by the number of people who found their way to this blog in search of a brown rose.  So how about a brown gerbera?

Brown_gerbI’ve seen this gerbera in person; it really is a lovely chocolate brown with an espresso-colored center.  Good enough to eat.  This comes from Terra Nigra, a Dutch breeder of roses and gerberas that I interviewed for Flower Confidential.  They’ve got a tissue culture lab that allows them to create new colors and shapes of gerberas in the test tube and grow them out into tiny sprouts and, eventually, this.

Another interesting new gerbera from Terra Nigra is this ‘Gerrondos Terra’ gerb with a whopping 500 petals per blossom.  It’s so full that it looks more like a zinnia than a gerbera.  In fact, that’s one of the most interesting things about Terra Nigra’s gerberas:  in addition to the traditional daisy shape, they’ve figured out how to breed gerberas in the shape of a zinnia, a dahlia, or a roseGerrondos.

Please don’t torture your florist!  The brown gerbs are probably not too hard to get, but these new ‘Gerrondos’ are only just now showing up in greenhouses, so it will be a while before any of us can get hold of them.

Link: www.terranigrausa.com.

12 Comments

  1. I absolutely love that brown gerbera daisy, and I usually don’t love gerbs at all! I would adore adding that to a container planting with blues and light greens… or maybe with deep burgundy foliage and some silvers… or brown sedge, silver dichondra, and emerald & gold euonymous… or… or… 🙂

  2. OK, so I’m a dinosaur or something. What is the point of a gerbera that looks like a zinnia? Why not just grow the zinnia?
    My florist is safe…

  3. Brown gerbera, yes – I could see how this one would fit into a wide variety of rooms and decors. It looks unusual without looking unnatural.
    Gerrondos, no, no! Take it away -it creeps me out!

  4. Gerberas? They look like plastic flowers to me! You can keep them. I’ll take a delphinium any day of the week!

  5. Having seen the Gerrondos in person, I can say that I am completely impressed. The quality of the bloom and color selection is wonderful.
    Someone, above, mentioned, “what’s the point?”
    As a wholesaler (and florist, for that matter), the point is this:
    Zinnias are NOT available throughout the year. In fact, they have a short season compared to other flowers. So, when you (or your customer) want zinnias in your wedding, in December – you can have a close substitute.
    If we have a florist asking for Zinnias, we are hesitant to bring them in (and most times, won’t). We find that once the item is shipped to us, unpacked, and then repacked then they are completely beat up on arrival to the florist. Not so with the Gerbs.

  6. I love this brown gerbera…. i am getting married in a year and the colors of my wedding will be ivory, celestial blue and chocolate. i would love to have these gerberas in my bridesmaids and my bouquets. Does anyone know where I can purchase these???

  7. I would love to order this brown gerbera daisy…where, though?

  8. Hi my wedding theme is ivory and chocolate and i love the brown gerbera would it be possible to get a sample. Thank you. julie

  9. Would love to know where to order the brown gerberas and the Gerrondos too. Thanks

  10. Great! I never seen Gerberas in person,i wanted that i have this on my garden very lovely.
    ford

  11. I’m getting married in August, and my colors are sage green and chocolate brown. Are these gerberas something that would be available at my local florists? If not, where would I have to look to order some?

  12. Angeline Hamrick

    Very informative blog.Really thank you! Really Great.