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Freesias

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These flowering beauties will capture your heart! Noted for their fresh sweet fragrance and bright colors, Freesias are usually grown for use as cut flowers. Each stem produces 5-10 trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in one-sided racemes atop leafless, arching, wiry stems. Many different hybrids are available in single or double blooms and in colors ranging from white, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, lavender and various bicolors.

Freesia Double Blue

Freesia Double Yellow

Freesia Double Pink

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  • Freesias grow up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) above a grassy, sword-shaped foliage. Over time your Freesias will multiply.
  • Freesias perform best in full sun or light shade, in moist and well-drained soils. The soil has to be kept moist during the growing season. Staking is advised to keep the stems upright. Alternatively, you may plant them among low-growing groundcover (like Iberis or Ajuga) for some support.
  • Freesias constitute lovely garden plants, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border. Perfect for the cutting garden, Freesias make excellent cut flowers, Some of them may last up to 3 weeks in a vase when cut in bud!
  • Requiring minimal maintenance, Freesias are virtually disease-free and pest-free. They are deer and rabbit resistant.

Freesia Single Red

Freesia Single Blue

Freesia Single Pink

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  • Named after German physician Friedrich Freese (1795-1876), Freesias are native to South Africa. They are frost tender perennials that grow from corms.
  • In USDA Zones 9-10 where Freesias are winter hardy, they may be planted outdoors in fall. Not sure about your growing zone? Check here.
  • In cooler areas, Freesias may be planted outdoors from spring to early summer for flowering in summer and fall. They may also be planted indoors in the fall for late winter and early spring flowers.
  • Plant the corms 2 in. deep, pointy end upwards, and 3 in. apart. Plant in groups of minimum 6-8 plants for best visual impact.
  • You may plant them in succession so as to extend their bloom period. Plants normally produce flowers 10-12 weeks after planting. Pick them when the first couple of flowers in the spray are open.
  • After bloom, reduce watering and allow the foliage to yellow and wilt. If you live in a cool area (hardiness zones 3-8) and want to save your bulbs, you may lift and store your corms in a cool dry location (55°F or 12°C) until next spring.
  • Propagate by offsets in fall or by seed in spring

Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Freesias

An essential component of many bouquets thanks to their long vase life (over 3 weeks), Freesias are striking beauties that also deserve a spot outdoors. Visually stunning with their abundant clusters of brightly colored flowers on gently arching stalks, they are also intensely fragrant. Native to South Africa, these tender cormous perennials, often grown as annuals, require minimal maintenance, are virtually disease-free and pest-free, deer and rabbit resistant, and will multiply to form generous clumps over time - provided some basic rules are respected.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Freesia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Freesia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage

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