Freesia are a member of the iridacea family, and was originally discovered in Africa. They are a fragrant, tubular flower in a variety of colours, and through cross pollination, are now available as a single or double flower. They grow from a “corm” which after planting, puts all its energy into making a new plant and shrivels up and dies. The base of this plant forms the next generation corm and cormlets.
Each planting is slightly different, but the aim is 70% white, 15% blue, 10% red and pink and 5% yellow. The planting gets done approximately every 10 to 14 days, year round.
Due to our temperature, soil control and local weather conditions, 2 two crops can be grown per year, in the same area.
Freesias are harvested when the first bud shows full colour. From this stage, it takes about 5-7 days for the rest of the flowers to open.
Blokker is growing Freesia for two purposes – flower production, which goes to wholesale markets and supermarkets, corm production for corm growth and replacement/reproduction. The corms will get re-used or sold, small cormlets are planted again.