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Freesia Flower Description
Florist's freesias are well known as cut flowers for indoor floral arrangements and are largely cultivated indoors. There are now varieties that can be grown outdoors in mild areas. These specially prepared corms produce very colourful flowers including, white, yellow, orange, pink, red, blue, mauve, and purple.
The blooms come in single and double forms perched on tall spindly stems.
Cultivation of Freesia
Prepared freesia corms should be planted in mid-spring, to the end of spring, in good well-drained soil. Any sunny sheltered position is perfect and as most freesias are grown for indoor floral displays a part of the vegetable plot could be perfect.
Plant the corms 10cm apart and between 5 - 7.5cm deep. At the time of planting insert a thin stick for support beside each corm. Frequent watering is vital during the growing period.
Freesia will not survive winter conditions so once the season's flowering has finished the spent corms should be lifted by fork and discarded.
Freesia Pests and Diseases
Freesias may suffer stem and leaf damage from aphids.
Propagation of Freesia
Corms for outdoor freesia are almost always exhausted after the flowering season and are useless for propagation purposes.