The Fabulous Freesia. A flower bursting with elegance, sparkling colours and leaving a subtle hint of perfume around the home. Old-fashioned? Far from it! Read below to learn and explore about this flower variety…
Freesia is grown from a bulb called a ‘corm’ and are the genus of the Iridaceae family. Originally native to South America, freesia have tall, thin spiky leaves and a one-sided cluster of trumpet-shaped perfumed flowers. Did you know that a freesia’s Floral display is called a comb, because of all the buds which are lined up so neatly?
Colours and shape
The freesia’s tuber forms small tubers under the soil, which are called beads. These beads grow into a full tuber and ultimately into a comb with flowers which lends extra style to any home or floral arrangement for a wedding or event. The freesia can be single or double flowered and comes in white, yellow, orange, red, blue, pink and purple, but can also be bi-coloured or multi-coloured. Many varieties have a beautiful sweet scent which makes freesias even more attractive.
The freesia symbolises unconditional love and innocence! Traditionally you give white freesias after seven years of marriage as a reminder of pure and genuine love. The beautiful fragrance of the comb of flowers lends an extra dimension to this.
All year round
Freesia is a particularly delicate flower and very popular in the floral industry, especially in wedding flowers. Freesia is wholesaled in wraps of 50 stems, are available all year round these days in double & single varieties. The average stem of freesia is around 50cm. There are 100’s of varieties of freesia available at any one time. If freesia is to be used for wedding flowers, it is always a good idea to buy them in advance of the other flowers –this will give the freesia time to open properly.
To get the best from your wholesale cut freesia please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with lukewarm water and add flower food.
- Place the freesia in the buckets.
- Leave to condition and open up before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sunlight, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the freesia in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.