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How to Grow Freesia Flowering Plants

If you've ever grown Freesia, it may well be one of your favorite flowers. Floral shops love 'em , too.  Easy to grow, Freesia is an attractive flower, with a strong, pleasantly sweet, citrus-like scent. They look great in flower gardens, or in pots indoors or on your deck. As cut flowers the blooms are long lasting.

Freesia colors include: blue, orange, red, violet, white and yellow. There are a few bi-colored striped flowers, too. The pretty, fragrant flowers grow on stalks surrounded by spiky, sword-like, green foliage.

Freesia are native to South Africa. They look their best when grown together in clumps or masses.  


Plant Propagation:

Freesia plants are grown from bulbs. Over the course of a few years, they will multiply rapidly, forming dense clumps, or masses. The plants can get overcrowded . It is best to dig up the bulbs, and separate them every 2-3 years.

Freesia can also be grown from seeds. This is done primarily by horticulturalists. It takes longer to produce flowering plants.


How to Grow Freesia Plants:

Freesia plants are easy to grow. In the fall, acquire good, healthy Freesia bulbs from a quality, reliable source. You can also plant them in early spring. Plant Freesia bulbs about two inches deep, and three inches apart. Do not plant them closer, as they will fill in over a couple years.

Tip: Freesia are attractive in pots and containers. If you are growing Freesia in pots or containers, plant bulbs close together, so the arrangement looks full.

Freesia plants like rich, well draining soil. It is most important that the soil is not wet or soggy for extended periods of time.

Water plants only if the soil is dry a few inches below the surface. Add a layer of mulch, to keep the weeds down, and your Freesia will grow almost maintenance free.

Add a general purpose fertilizer after the flowers have died.  

After the plants are done flowering, allow them to continue to grow until they die back naturally for the season. Then, you can cut the dead plants off at ground level.


Insects and Disease:

You should experience few problems with your Freesia plants.

 Importantly, bulbs can rot in soggy, wet soils, if planted in low areas, with poor drainage.


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