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.
Freesia 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
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 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
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
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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