With their bright colors and large blooms, gerbera flowers “just make you feel happy,” according to a Queensland grower of more than 20 years.
Andrew Borthwick and his family are one of only three gerbera growers left on the Sunshine Coast. They have up to 6,000 plants of 30 varieties under production in six basic colors and many shades in between.
Mr. Borthwick says the gerbera is a flower for all occasions. He says they are often bought to cheer people up, and the event determines the color.
“Valentine’s Day, everyone wants red; Mother’s Day, they all want pink and white,” Mr. Borthwick says. “Yellow is very much a sympathy kind of thing. The pastel colors are used when you don’t want to brighten, and you just want to say hello.'”
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