Care tips for the colorful and fragrant Freesia

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The Freesia is a versatile flower that comes in many sizes, shapes and colors. Let your imagination go wild and combine different colors and different flowers! The freesia is originally from South Africa “Cape Lily of the Valley”, and it can be single or double flowered. It comes in white, yellow, orange, red, blue, pink and purple, but can also be bicolored or multi-colored. Many varieties have a beautiful sweet scent which makes freesias even more attractive.

Did you know?

The freesia is a symbol of unconditional love and innocence. Traditionally someone gives white freesias to his or her spouse after seven years of marriage, as a reminder of pure, true love.

Freesias are sensitive to ethylene. Proper treatment with Chrysal AVB prevents shrinkage and bud drop and protects against too rapid aging of ethylene. Also pretreatment with Chrysal Professional 2 ensures that the flowers are longer lasting and are open nicely.

Watch out for the maturity stage when purchasing Freesia. When freesias are cut too raw, not all buttons will open. Choose flowers which the buds just beginning to open and already show some color. Freesias are very susceptible to dehydration. This is why you should place them in clean water with a conditioning product like Chrysal Professional 2. This ensures a longer shelf life and a good development of the buttons. Alternatively, you could use Chrysal Professional 3 which ensures that even the smallest buds open and the consumer can enjoy the freesia even longer.

Tips to give to your consumers:

Use a clean vase with Chrysal Clear Bulbosus flower food or Chrysal Clear Universal. This ensures that all buttons will open and your freesias will stay beautiful up to 60% longer. Cut the stem 2-3 cm with a clean, sharp knife. And place the vase in a draft-free place and away from ripening fruit.

Images from and FloraHolland

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