Freesia are half hardy bulbs. They carry beautiful funnel like flowers that have a lovely fragrance.
Freesia flower in the winter and spring; these flowers can be of many patterns and colours, including orange, yellow, pink, red, blue, or white.
Many gardeners like to grow them in containers to show their Freesia's off as feature plants.
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Common Names: Freesia
Life Cycle: Half hardy bulb.
Height: 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm).
Freesia can be grown from either corms or seed. The corms can be planted outdoors in the autumn at a depth of about 4 to 5 cm (2 inches) in warm areas.
It is probably best to grow Freesia from seeds (and corms) indoors first. Firstly soak the Freesia seeds in warm water for a full day, then plant the Freesia seeds at a depth of 6 mm (1/4 inch), and corms at 5 cm (2 inches).
Germination takes about a month, and should be done at about 18 to 24 degrees Centigrade (64 to 75°F).
Once growing, young Freesia should be transplanted out into the garden at a distance of 10 cm (4 inches) apart. Locate in a sunny area of the garden that has good drainage.
Freesia likes to grow in a moist manured soil. If you require to grow more Freesia plants then you can take offsets in the autumn.
Freesia require frequent watering until they come into bloom, once flowering, Freesia should be lightly watered. This can be discontinued once the flowering season has finished.
The Freesia genus includes approximately 16 species.
Yes, Freesia is highly valued in gardens for their attractive and fragrant flowers which bloom in a variety of colours.
The hybrid Freesia x hybrida, known for its vibrant and fragrant flowers, is popular among gardeners.
Yes, Freesia is known for its sweet and citrusy fragrance, which is often used in perfumes.
Freesia plants thrive in full sun with well-draining soil and do well in containers.
Currently, Freesia is not recognized as an invasive species in the USA.
To remove Freesia, dig up the bulbs when the plant is dormant, usually in late summer or fall.
The Freesia genus is part of the Iridaceae family, famous for its funnel-shaped flowers and alluring fragrance. These plants are indigenous to the eastern side of southern Africa, from Kenya down to South Africa.
Plant Freesia bulbs in early spring in a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil. The bulbs should be planted 2 inches deep and approximately 3 inches apart. They will require frequent watering until after blooming, at which point watering can be reduced.