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Name Member of the iridacea family, an avid plant collector Dr Ecklon named the freesia after his good friend Dr Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese whom was a German Physicist
Description Fragrant tubular flowers that can be found in both single and double flowering varieties, and vary in color from white to yellow, orange, pink and lavender. Freesias grow from a corm, or thickened underground stem.
Colour Yellow, Pink, White, Purple
Availability All year round
Care Tips Buy them with at least one flower open on the stem. Make sure they have plenty of water and never let the stem ends dry out. Pinch out the topmost buds and remove the old flowerheads to encourage new ones to open. Keep away from fruit, vegetables, and excess heat, as they are very sensitive to the ethylene gas produced.


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First discovered on the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that Europeans began breeding this very popular flower that it is today.


Freesia can be grown in greenhouses all year round provided that after an initial growing period of around 4 weeks the soil temperature is kept below 16degrees. It is important to lift the freesia corms (they are not bulbs) only after all the foliage has wilted, this will ensure the best possible multiplication rate.


Freesia come in array of different colours and types, there are double petalled varieties, varieties with buds that have streaked veins with two colours. The freesia is probably most renowned for its beautiful fragrance, once harvested the flowers on the spike open one at a time to give the consumer a great deal of time (7days+) to enjoy this most interesting flower