BLOWN AWAY BY THE FANTASTIC FRITILLARIA
Go with the flow and enjoy the fantastic Fritillaria. It’s April which means it is time for these flowers to bloom. Place these cheerful bell-shaped Spring flowers in a subtle vase and fall in love!
The flower originates from Afghanistan, along with more than 100 other varieties of hanging flowers. They were found alongside the river in the meadow damps. In the late 16th century the flowers were brought to Europe.
The bell-shaped Fritillaria can be single flowered like the Uva Vulpis or have mutliple flowers on one stems such as the Graceful Dreams.
SMALL, BIG… EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH THE FRITILLARIA
This exceptional bell-shaped flower ranges from very small to big and comes in many different shapes and colours.
The most three famous varieties are (from left to right):
- The very big orange Fritillaria Imperialis, her nickname is Kaiser’s Crown.
- The tiny purple Fritillaria Meleagris, also known as the Chequered Lily.
- The large purple Fritillaria Persica or Persian Fritillary.
From left to right: Fritillaria Imperalis, Fritillaria Meleagris and Fritillaria Persica.
As you can see the Fritillaria Meleagris has a distinguished display of colours on her petals. An impressive chequered pattern is really common among the Fritillarias. Other combinations are: green with brown and orange spots, green with old pink and pure white.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FRITILLARIAS
This unusual flower needs just a little bit more attention when it comes to taking care of her. Unlike Tulips, the Fritillaria has very fragile petals which makes them far more delicate. Therefore, we came up with a step-by-step approach:
- The leaves should only be there from outside the vase and onwards. So, remove the bottom leaves.
- Place the bunch of flowers in a clean vase with clear water.
- Add some cut flower food like Chrysal to the water to ensure a longer vase life.
- Cut 3-5 cm off the stems diagonally with a sharp and clean knife.
- The large flowers need their space in a bouquet, in order for them to grow.
Enjoy you fantastic Fritillaria and her scent! Ps. If you don’t like the fragrance, you can place the bouquet on your garden table!
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