How to harvest White Freesia
Harvest the flower stalks in late winter or early spring when three or more flowers have opened.
How to propagate White Freesia
Sow seeds during autumn months at a depth of 0.5-1cm and space them 6 cm apart. Germination should take place within 4-5 weeks.
Divide offsets during dormancy period (summer). Place offsets at a depth of 3 cm and space them 6 cm apart when replanting in Autumn.
Special features of White Freesia
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Due to its small size, it makes a great potted plant for any sunny patio or stoep. use an acid, sandy (well-drained) growing medium, e.g. 3 parts medium-grained river sand to 1 part fine acid compost or finely milled acid bark. Use 15 to 20 cm pots, and plant the corms at a depth of approx. 3 times the height of the corm, in autumn. Place the pots in a well-ventilated, sunny spot, preferably one that receives morning sun and afternoon shade and water them thoroughly every seven to ten days.
Other uses of White Freesia
With its showy white spring flowers, exquisite perfume and relative ease in cultivation, Freesia leichtlinii subsp. alba is one of the most rewarding Cape bulbs to grow. It was previously known as Freesia alba.