Grandma's Freesias Mixed

I wouldn't be without them.

 
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A blend of old fashioned creamy yellow, white, white and mauve blush.

These old fashioned varieties are the most fragrant of all the Freesia cultivars. The ambrosial flowers are well suited to Australian conditions.

Freesias are adored by gardeners the world over. They are easy and versatile in pots, mass plantings, beds and borders. Wherever you plant them, make sure it is somewhere you can appreciate their delightful fragrance.

From planting Freesias average 90-120 days to flower – quicker in warm weather. These hardy South African bulbs enjoy cool winters (when they initiate buds), then begin their seasonal growth with the warm, moist soils of autumn, then bloom in spring before going into dormancy, when a hot summer is appreciated.

Freesias are easy to grow bulbs that are vigorous and hardy by nature. They grow best in full sun to light shade in a well drained soil. If they are not getting enough light they will flop over.

Freesia bulbs are best left to naturalise and will only need to be lifted for division every three or four years. In cold climates they may need some protection from hard frosts – plant in pots or morning shade or add a layer of straw mulch to combat.

The blooms last up to three weeks in a vase and are best picked as the first flower opens. Yellow, blue and white are the longest lasting – but only by a day or two.

In pots use a good quality potting mix and add a bit of extra potash/tomato fertiliser. Ensure you keep the pots moist, especially once they begin to grow as pots dry out easily and quickly.

Code

FRRMX

Botantical name

Freesia refracta

Height

10-30cm

Width

10-20cm

Flowers

Early to Mid Spring

Climate

Cool to Sub-Tropical

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

1