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Freesia

Facts

  • Freesia is a genus of about 20 species of South African flowering plants of the Iris Family “Iridaceae.” Unlike most other flowers, where the white varieties smell most strongly, if you want highly scented Freesia look for pink and red varieties.
  • The bell-shaped freesia blossoms bloom for up to seven days and come in a wide range of colors including yellows, reds, pinks and whites.
  • Freesia only flowers with temperatures below 21C
  • Avoid using fluoridated water if possible, and do not mix freesias with freshly cut narcissi or daffodils, which emit a substance that can drastically shorten freesias’ vase life.
  • You should not cut freesia stems, but place them directly into the hydrating solution
  • Freesias are strongly scented so they make a nice addition to any arrangement. They are particularly popular in wedding bouquets due to their smaller size & delicate appearance.
  • Vase life ranges from 10 to 14 days, pinch out the topmost buds and remove the old flower heads to encourage new ones to open.
  • Freesia is the 7th wedding anniversary flower, in the language of flowers, freesia are said to symbolize innocence and friendship.

Meanings

Named after the German physician Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, freesia – with their bell-shaped blooms and sweet, citrus scent – are among the most popular fragrant flowers. And, while in most cases the white variation of a flower is the most fragrant, in the case of freesia, the pink and red varieties are actually more highly scented. With their wiry stems and delicate blooms, it’s not surprising that one of the most popular freesia varieties is named Ballerina.

Freesia is the 7th wedding anniversary flower, in the language of flowers, freesia are said to symbolize innocence and friendship.

Growing Freesia Flowers

  • The corms should be planted close together
  • Soil should be light and well drained.
  • During winter, bring freesia bulbs in and keep them in a sunny window.
  • Freesia plants need full sun and cool night temperatures, preferably between 45 and 40 degrees.
  • Keep the plants well watered while the leaves and flowers are developing.
  • When the leaves begin to brown after the flowers have faded, the plants may be gradually dried off and the corms saved for the following year.