Thanks to the lovely staff at Flower Blog for finding some great info about this fragrant flower:
- Freesia has 14–16 species of flowering plants all native to Africa named after German physician Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795–1876).
- Freesia plants grow from a corm (a solid bulb, as in Gladiolus).
- Freesia is mostly known for its fragrant blooms and their gorgeous funnel-shaped flowers. Freesia are very poularly used in the perfume, scented oils and baths because of their fragrance.
- The flowers come in a great variety of colors – white, golden yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, lavender, purple and bicolors.
- Freesia flowers symbolize innocence and are popular in wedding bouquets.
Growing Freesia Flowers
- The corms should be planted close – six will do nicely in a 5 inch pot.
- Soil should be light and should be drained well.
- Place the top of the corm, 1 inch below the soil.
- For winter flowers, plant freesia in late summer or early fall and keep them cool until frosts are due.
- During winter, bring freesia bulbs in and keep them in a sunny window.
- Freesias are propagated by offsets of bulbs and seeds.
- Freesia plants need full sun and cool night temperatures, preferably between 45 and 40 degrees.
- Keep the plants well watered while the 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.