Freesia are ethylene sensitive and benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc™ Technology. Ethylene will cause shattering, fading, and translucent petals of the florets. To protect flowers from ethylene damage, treat them as soon as possible after harvest. After cutting, place Freesia stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 hydrating treatment for 1 hr. (or up to overnight at 34 - 38˚ F). Transfer stems to one of the Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatments. Please contact Floralife for specifics.
Wholesaler / Retailer Recommendations
Ask: Has product been pretreated with a commercial anti-ethylene product, such as EthylBloc™? Has the product been stored and under what conditions?
Avoid: Stems with florets that easily fall off; stems with florets that are brown or shriveled.
Rinse stems of any dirt or debris. Remove foliage below water level. Recut stems.
If freesia have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, treat them as soon as possible with EthylBloc™. Or if freesia have been treated with an anti-ethylene product, use HydraFlor® 100 to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening and decrease flower wilting. It also keeps flower stems free flowing.
There are two Floralife 100 products to consider:
1.) HydraFlor® 100: A concentrate, generally recommended for maximum results, especially with hard-to-hydrate flowers like roses. The treatment is usually for one half hour at room temperature.
2.) Quick Dip 100: A ready-to-use version that requires no mixing or measuring. This quick one second dip may be more suitable for use in retail flower shops.
Use fresh flower food at the recommended rate: Use Flower Food 300, 200, Clear 200, or Clear ULTRA 200 storage and transport treatments, or depending on water test results, Special Blend 300 for Hard Water or for Pure Water.
To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to:
Floralife | 751 Thunderbolt Drive | Walterboro, SC 29488 | Attn: Laboratory.
Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 hours if flowers are limp or exhibiting bent neck) prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project.
Place freesia in a 34 - 38˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity.
Use D.C.D.® Cleaner Solution to clean buckets, vases, coolers, etc. D.C.D.® is specifically formulated to kill microbes over an extended period.
Always give a packet of a Floralife Fresh Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.
Flower fading and / or translucent
Can be caused by exposure to ethylene and / or high temperatures. Make sure that a proper antiethylene treatment is performed.
Failure of remaining florets to open
Possibly stored too long; exposed to extreme temperature or low humidity; kept out of solution for extended periods; or harvested too early. Check on harvest date and shipping / storage conditions. Make sure to recut stems under water and use a Floralife Flower Food to encourage maximum uptake.