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Freesia

Freesia spp.

Also known as

Ruikpypie (Afr.)

Flower March 2010-2 by Alvesgaspar (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

30cm

40cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Freesia Overview

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.

Common problems with Freesia

Susceptible to red spider mite, aphids, dry rot and Fusarium wilt.

How to harvest Freesia

Flowers can be harvested for the vase, cut once the first flowers start opening.

How to propagate Freesia

Seed

Sow seed in autumn or winter and keep moist.

Division

Divide offsets from the little corms in autumn.

Special features of Freesia

Attracts useful insects

Including bees!

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers, place in full sun and provide good drainage. Keep pots dry in the dormant phase!

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Freesia

Grown for their usually fragrant flowers, which are popular for cutting.

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