Freesia is a popular bulb flower that gives off a lovely fragrance. If you are wondering how to grow freesia, you have come to the right place. Fresias are not difficult flowers to grow, and are stunning whether in gardens, pots, or as cut blooms. They have a unique growing habit that makes it nice to look down on the blooms. Read on for tips about how to grow freesia in your own garden.
The first step in growing freesia is to choose whether you are going to have your bulbs in pots or in garden beds. If you are using pots, you will want to plant a number of bulbs in each pot for the optimum number of blooms and attractive appearance. Freesia bulbs look something like small onions. They need to be about two inches apart and two inches deep.
If you are using an eight inch pot, you will need 9 freesia bulbs. A large pot of 12 to 15 inches in diameter would need about 15 or 20 bulbs. Knowing how to grow freesia will help you choose the right number of bulbs for your particular containers. The pointed end of the small bulbs needs to point up.
While anything can be used as a pot when you know how to grow fresia, it is imperative that the pot has adequate drainage holes. The soil used can be any basic potting soil from the gardening supply house. When your pot is planted, it should be placed in a sunny location. Start the bulbs in the fall. They will grow roots and sprouts throughout the fall and winter, with blooms showing up in the spring.
The spent leaves should be left in place after the freesia has stopped blooming. Keep it watered and in the sun. The foliage gathers nutrients and light for later blooming. When the leaves turn yellow and die, you can remove them and let the pot sit dormant for a few months.
How to Grow Freesia in Garden Beds
For growing freesia in a garden bed, it needs to be placed in a spot where water drains well. Don’t use a place where rain is still in puddles 6 hours after a rain storm. Again, the plants should have full sun. Plant the bulbs three inches apart. Soak the new planting well, and keep the bed watered as needed.
Freesia bulbs can also be forced indoors. Plant the bulbs in potting soil in a pot. Set the container in the sunniest window you can find. People who know how to grow freesia have found that there usually isn’t quite enough sun when they are grown indoors, so you may have to arrange some sort of support for the stems or they will lean over. Indoors, you can plant as described above, except place the bulbs only one inch apart. Keep the plants watered well.
Freesia grown indoors works well if you move the flowering plants into a cooler room. This will cause the flowers to last longer. The plants can be transplanted into the garden after blooming if you live in the warmer climates of zones 9 through 11. Otherwise, you will probably not be able to get the freesia to bloom again.
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