I get ridiculously excited when new cut flower varieties are released, like this gorgeous freesia called ‘Gabrielle’, from GardenPost (bottom image). Grown commercially for the cut flower market, its long stems (40cm high) and fragrant white flowers are ideal for picking.
Freesia corms can be planted now for late winter/spring blooms. Plant corms 5cm deep and 8-10cm apart in a well-drained spot in sun or light shade. Blooms typically appear 110-120 days after corms are planted. Stagger planting times for a longer flowering season, but don’t plant out too late – flowering during longer days reduces the number of flowers per raceme as well as the number of lateral flower stems. Optimum soil temperature for flower initiation is 12-15degC.