Freesia Plant Features
The heady fragrance and jewel-like colors of freesia make it a top choice for florist and bridal bouquets. Each freesia plant produces delicate looking sprays of citrus-scented bloom in a wide variety of colors and color patterns, including single- and double-flowered types. The flowers, which all grow on one side of the bloom stalk, add a graceful touch to any setting. Freesia grows 12 to 16 inches tall so its ideal to cut for fresh use. The plants grow from a tender bulb so will need special care in colder locations. It's a beautiful plant for gardens and landscapes, as well as containers. No matter where you grow freesia, make sure it's someplace you can enjoy the blooms' wonderful fragrance! Hardy from zones 9-10
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Freesia Growing Instructions
Plant freesia in full sun and rich, well-drained soil. In warmer parts of its range, freesia is best planted in the fall. That way the plants can develop a good root system and bloom well the following spring. In cooler climates, plant freesia outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Freesias do not like hot weather so they may not thrive where the weather heats up too quickly in the spring. After the flowers fade leave the foliage in place so the plant can build up strength for next year's bloom cycle. Don't let the plants sit in wet soil or the roots could rot.
Because freesia grows from a tender bulb they will need to be dug and stored in a cool, dry area till the following spring. In the warmer parts of its range, freesia can be left in place where it will eventually form clumps in the garden. Freesia also makes a great container plant.
Freesia is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Moist, well-drained soil
Complement your Freesia with these varieties:
Mix Pansy with Freesia in a pot for an early spring color festival.
The gray foliage of Dusty Miller makes it an excellent partner for the brightly-hued Freesia.
Another pretty spring bloomer with a similar habit to Freesia is Iceland Poppy. Try them together in a container.