The Freesia Open Days take place every year in the period from mid-March to mid-April. Almost the complete range can then be viewed in bloom. The exact dates are announced every year on the news page and via social media. Outside this period, it is possible to visit the company by appointment during the harvest period (from mid-September to mid-June). In addition to the production varieties, various trial plantings with new varieties and selections can also be seen during this period.
The Amaryllis Open Days are organized every year from the beginning of January to mid-February. Flowering areas can then be viewed for both cut flower cultivation and bulb cultivation. The flowering trials can be visited by appointment. The exact dates are announced every year on the news page and via social media
Our company has been active in the breeding of freesias for more than half a century. The first new varieties were introduced to the market in the mid-seventies. Over the years, the breeding activities have resulted in a very wide range of freesias. Despite the fact that the current range already has a large variation in colors and types, the breeding program still produces varieties in new colors that the grower, exporter and consumer can get to know in the coming years.
The main objective of the breeding program is the development of new and/or improved varieties with added value for all links (growers, wholesalers and retailers and consumers). For the grower, properties such as cultivation speed, leaf position, suitability for year-round cultivation, stem quality, production per m² and susceptibility to diseases and pests are important. In the trade channel, transport sensitivity and degree of ripening are also essential, while good flowering, a long vase life and a good smell are of great importance to the consumer.
In addition to the ‘standard colours’ white, yellow, purple/blue and red/rose, special colors and types have always been given an important place in breeding. Over the years, this has led to a breakthrough in the field of new colors for freesia). In the future, the freesia range will be further enriched with varieties in striking new colours.
A recent development is the breeding of new varieties that are suitable for cultivation as pot plants and for draft cultivation. Rapid progress is being made on these fronts and new varieties for these applications will be launched on the market within a few years.