Growing Freesias

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There are many varieties of this perennial bulb that produce beautiful, fragrant flowers in the summer. This page is about growing freesia.


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Botanical Name: Freesia
Life Cycle: perennial bulb
Planting Time: late summer to fall
Height: 12" to 18" depending on type
Exposure: full sun to partial shade
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 8 to 11
Bloom Time: late winter through early summer depending on type and zone
Flower: fragrant flowers in a variety of colors including, pink red, orange, red, yellow, blue, lavender and white; both single and double flowers
Foliage: green, smooth textured foliage with a long blade-like shape
Propagation: corms, tubers, bulbs, (including offsets), seeds and rhizomes
Suggested Use: Beds, borders, cut flowers
Growing Hints: Freesia is tender and delicate and really only grows well outdoors in the warmer zones although they can be grown indoors in cooler zones. Because they are easily damaged, it is best to grow them in containers. Plant corms close together (6 corms per 5 inch pot) I" deep in rich, well-drained potting soil. For winter flowers, plant corms in the summer or early fall and keep them cool until winter. Bring them in after the first frost and place them in an area with bright light and cool nighttime temperatures of between 40º and 45ºF. Give them regular water throughout the growing period. After flowering, back off on watering and allow plants to die back naturally. Corms can then be removed and cleaned and stored for the next season.
Interesting Facts: Freesia originated in South Africa. Many parts of this plant are poisonous and should be handled with care.
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May 2, 2011

Can I leave freesia bulbs in the ground after flowering til next season?

By Tom from Queensland, Australia


June 24, 20110 found this helpful

The answer is yes, unless you have animals that like to eat bulbs. Freesias are hardy from zones 1-11.

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Feb.24 and we have our first Freesia in bloom. The Clivia is right behind and we have a few Iris blooming also. The Lady Banksia is a shower of pale yellow over the Path Garden Arch

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