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Common Names: Freesia
Botanical Name:  Freesia (FREE-sha)
Availability:  Year-round
Vase Life:  7 to 10 days.
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Storage Temperature:  36 - 38 F
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Curved spikes of fragrant, trumpet shaped florets born on one side of a slender stem. 
Colors: Wide range of colors.
Botanical Facts: Native to South Africa, the Freesia was named for Dr. Friedrich Freese, a German physician and student of South African plants.
Design Notes: Work well as accent and filler flowers.  Best suited to simple arrangements.  The fragrance of freesia is a wonderful addition to floral design.
Purchasing Hints:  Purchase stems with at least seven flowers per spike.  The first one or two florets should be open.   Select long straight stems.  Avoid pale or transparent petals.
Conditioning:  Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife.  Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional Notes:  Fluoridated water may cause leaf tip burn and hinder flower development.  Removal of older florets on a spike will help stimulate the opening of newer buds.


freesias are often associated with the familiar and cosy, being much loved by older ladies. A silver bud vase with a bunch of short freesia and a sprig of asparagus fern was typical in the 1950s. It was also a popular as gift for births.

Despite this nostalgia, freesias have a strong role in today's and tomorrow's interiors.

The newer longer stemmed varieties displayed as a solitary flower with no accompanying foliage, perhaps in a group of identical vases, would match the most up-to-date stylised interior.

Minimalism is the watchword.

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