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Freesia, Double Mix

Freesia, Double Mix has a fuller, more lush, rose-shaped flower. Their fragrance is heavenly. This tender, cormous plant originated in South Africa. Leaves are sword-shaped and light green and may be up to 2 feet high. Flower stalks are slender and about the same height. As many as 8 funnel-shaped flowers form a loose cluster at the top of each stalk. Where the flowers begin, the stem makes a sharp bend so that the flowers face upward. Freesias do well in zones 8 to 10 and may be grown outdoors only in warm climates. They are so delicate and easily damaged by the elements that it is best to grow them in containers. In colder climates, they should be grown indoors, and are great for winter flowers.

Plant Details +

Height 12-16"
Spacing 4"
Hardiness Tender – Hardy to zones 8-10 only
Exposure Full Sun to light shade
Foliage Green
Flower Mixed colors
Bloomtime Late spring - early summer

General Information +

General Characteristics: If you've ever smelled the fragrance of a generous bouquet of freshly cut Freesia, you know the scent is difficult to forget. These small, delicate flowers come in a variety of colors and are often used alone in floral arrangements, or as contrasting blooms in a bouquet of other flowers, such as roses. Growing Freesia from bulbs takes less time and is easier than nurturing them from seeds.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 1.5-2" deep. 2. Set the bulb firmly in place. 3. Cover the bulb with soil and water thoroughly. Plant freesia bulbs 1.5-2 inches deep and 4 inches apart in a sunny location once the soil is workable in the spring. The fragrant, funnel-shaped blossoms will provide color in late summer or they may be started indoors in late winter for container blossoms in the spring. Soil should be light and should drain well. Place the top of the corm 1 inch below the soil. For winter flowers, plant them in late summer or early fall and keep them cool until frosts are due. At this time bring them in and keep them in a sunny window. They need full sun and cool night temperatures, preferably between 40 and 45 degrees. Keep the plants well watered while leaves and flowers are developing. When the leaves begin to brown after the flowers have faded, the plants may be gradually dried off and the corms saved for the following year.