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How to Grow Freesia

Once you grow Freesia, it can quickly become one of your favorite bulb plants. Floral shops love these flowers.  And, they are 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. Cut some Freesia flowers and put them in a vase. They will last a long time.

Freesia plants produce flower blooms in a wide variety of colors, including: blue, orange, red, violet, white and yellow. There are bi-colored, striped flowers, too. Freesia has pretty flowers, with a fragrant scent, growing on stalks surrounded by spiky, sword-like, green foliage.

Freesia are natives of South Africa. Freesia plants look great grown together in clumps or masses.  

Freesia Plant Propagation:

Freesia plants grow from bulbs. In just a few years, the plants multiply rapidly, forming dense clumps, or masses. Over time, the plants will become overcrowded. This is evident with tightly packed masses of plants, that over time produce smaller blooms. Every 2-3 years, dig up the clump of bulbs, separate and replant them.

Freesia can also be grown from seeds. Growing plants from seeds takes longer to produce flowering plants.

How to Grow Freesia Plants:

Freesia plants are easy to grow. For the best plants and blooms, buy top quality bulbs from a reliable source.  Plant bulbs in the fall. You can also plant Freesia in early spring. Plant the bulbs two inches deep, and three inches apart. Do not plant them closer, as the mother bulb produces many baby bulbs and fill in the space in just 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 plants 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. Cut back dead plants at ground level.

Insects and Disease:

Freesia plants seldom have problems with insects of disease.

 The bulbs can rot in soggy, wet soils. Avoid planting in low areas, with poor drainage.

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