Freesia is a genus containing approximatwely 16 species in the iris family, Iridaceae. Freesias are commercially cultivated for the cut flower industry and are on the list of top 10 cut flowers in the Dutch Market. It is a spring-flowering bulb, planted in gardens with a dormant summer. After planting the bulb at the end of summer, they quickly grow to produce a pretty, usually fragrant flower in spring. The commonly grown plants are a result of a cross between F. refracta and F. leichtlinii, many cultivars have been bred from these species and the pink- and yellow-flowered forms of F. corymbosa.
Flowers can be harvested for the vase, cut once the first flowers start opening.
Sow seed in autumn or winter and keep moist.
Divide offsets from the little corms in autumn.
Attracts useful insects
Can be grown in containers, place in full sun and provide good drainage. Keep pots dry in the dormant phase!
Africa, Eastern side of Africa, Kenya to South Africa.
Soil PH preference
Purple, Yellow, Red, White, Pink
Susceptible to red spider mite, aphids, dry rot and Fusarium wilt.