Plant Now: Freesias


Bunch of spring flowers
Freesia Gabrielle
I get ridiculously excited when new cut flower varieties are released, like this gorgeous freesia called ‘Gabrielle’, from GardenPost (bottom image). Grown commercially for the cut flower market, its long stems (40cm high) and fragrant white flowers are ideal for picking.

Freesia corms can be planted now for late winter/spring blooms. Plant corms 5cm deep and 8-10cm apart in a well-drained spot in sun or light shade. Blooms typically appear 110-120 days after corms are planted. Stagger planting times for a longer flowering season, but don’t plant out too late – flowering during longer days reduces the number of flowers per raceme as well as the number of lateral flower stems. Optimum soil temperature for flower initiation is 12-15degC.

Comments

  1. Gail Crafar says:

    Is there anything such thing as artificial white freesias?! I so want some!

    • Hi Gail
      Do you mean like faux flowers? There are some superb faux flowers around these days that look quite real. I’m sure there must be faux freesias as well. Palmers and Kings Plant Barn both have a great selection of artificial flowers.
      Alisons Aquisitions has an enormous range of artificial flowers – truly amazing. I have been to their showroom. However, they are a wholesaler, but you may be able to enquire if they have the freesias.
      They also have an online brochure you could check out. 🙂
      Jane

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