Facts about Freesia

I was always fascinated by the beauty of freesias.
These amazing flowers are very fragrant and symbolizes thoughtfulness and innocence.

Freesia belongs to the family Iridaceae and originated in South Africa. They come in a variety of colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, mauve, purple, lavender and bicolors. The pink and red varieties have a stronger scent.
Freesia was named Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, a German physician native to Kiel who died in 1876.
Freesias work well in garden, but also in pots. If you plant them in the garden, then the freesias should be planted in full sun or light shade in a well-drained soil. If you plant them in pots, fill the pots with well-drained soil, put the pots into full sunlight and never let freesias to sit in waterlogged soil.

They grow from a corm, which is a solid bulb.
The corms should be planted 2-3 inches deep and 3 inches apart. They should be planted in spring. Freesias need to be watered regularly while the leaves and flowers are developing.
Freesias make excellent cut flowers and are often used in wedding arrangements. Here are some varieties which are beloved for their fragrance: Athene, Allure, Golden Wave, Excelsior, Demeter, Pink Westlind, Mirabel, Snowdon and Welkin.

You will be fascinated by the beautiful flowers which will grow along one side of the stalk.


3 thoughts on “Facts about Freesia

  1. Freesias where I live are so rare as to be just about non-existent. They’re even rare at florists. But after I first smelled their heavenly fragrance in England long ago, I was in love with them, an unconsummated love, alas.

  2. I really love these flowers. I had almost forgotten about them! My first greenhouse will be delivered very soon and these are some of the plants I will definitely be growing. I did try them many years ago in the garden (in the UK) and I think I had one flower 😦 Really looking forward to trying them again now…. thanks for the article – really helpful.

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