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False Freesia Plant Care – Information On Planting False Freesia Corms

By Laura Miller

If you like the look of freesia flowers but wish you could find something similar that wasn't quite so tall, you're in luck! False freesia plants can add a bright splash of red to the garden. Its shorter stature makes it ideal too. Learn how to grow false freesia here.

Collecting Freesia Seeds : Learn How To Harvest Freesia Seeds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Freesia can be started with seed. Just be aware, seed may not give a plant that is true to the parent, and it may take several years before you see the first flowers. However, gathering seeds from freesia is easy. Learn how to harvest freesia seeds here.

Trouble With Freesia Plants: Learn About Freesia Diseases And Pests

By Kristi Waterworth

Carefree freesias in a garden space are a wonderful addition, but nothing in the plant kingdom is truly without worry. A few common problems plague freesias, but many are simple to deal with if you're armed with the right knowledge. Learn about freesia troubles here.

No Flowers On A Freesia: How To Get Blooms On Freesia Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

When a freesia won't bloom, it can be frustrating but there are several possible reasons for this, and many of them can be easily corrected. Find tips in this article on how to get blooms on freesia so you can get on your way to growing these scented beauties.

Caring For Freesias: Guide To Freesia Care In The Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

In order to properly grow freesia in the garden, it is important to mimic its native habitat. If you're looking for a long lasting flower for a cutting garden, click the following article to learn about freesia growing requirements.

Caring For Forced Freesias – How To Force Freesia Bulbs

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Even though there is no chilling requirement, there are some tips on how to force freesia bulbs that will make the process easy and allow you the benefits of a floral garden in your home. Learn more about these in this article.

Freesia Bulb Plant: When And How To Plant A Freesia Corm

By Jackie Carroll

A wide range of colors and an alluring floral fragrance make freesia hard to resist. The freesia bulb plant is easy to force indoors on sunny windowsills, or plant them in the garden. This article has more info.


How to Keep Freesia From Falling Over

Freesia flowers are close relations of crocuses, irises and gladioli. When you plant freesia bulbs in your sunny growing area, you will enjoy beautiful summer displays as these colorful flowers sprout and bloom in a variety of bright colors. Gardeners often take the time to stake freesia flowers in a flower garden. The combination of thin stems and showy blossoms often causes freesia flowers to tip over. Keep freesia from falling over by staking each flower in the garden.

Position a stake on the soil approximately 3 inches away from each stem of the freesia flower.

Use the hammer to pound the stake about 4 inches into the soil.

  • Freesia flowers are close relations of crocuses, irises and gladioli.
  • Position a stake on the soil approximately 3 inches away from each stem of the freesia flower.

Cut two 8-inch lengths of twine for each freesia flower.

Loop one piece of twine around the stake and the freesia approximately 2 to 3 inches below the blossom. Tie the twine to attach the freesia flower to the stake, making the twine tight enough to support the freesia yet not so tight that you injure the stem. Loop the second piece of twine around the stake and the freesia in the same fashion, except position this piece of twine at the halfway point of the freesia stem. Tie this piece of twine the same way you tied the first piece.

Stake each freesia in the same fashion until every flower has sturdy support to prevent them from falling over.


Arum or calla lily is quite hardy even in cool winters. Typically, leaves will stay green until temperatures drop to 25°F (-4°C) for several nights in a row.

In areas that are prone to cold winters, protect the rhizomes with a thick layer of mulch.
The mulch can either be a bed of dried leaves, hemp or flax straw, or ferns.

Tip : Before winter, dig out a portion of the rhizome and pot it in your house, and you’ll have arums in winter.


Planting

Soil and Site

Well-drained spot, in sun or light shade. Add plenty of organic matter to improve thin soils.

Spacing

Plant them 5cm deep and 5-8 cm apart. The bulbs look like small, slim onions. Plant them with the pointed end facing up.

In the garden

Our prepared freesia corms can be planted in autumn for flowering inside from January to April or from March (in a greenhouse) or April-July (outside). I have gone on planting outside until July for flowers almost up until Christmas. Plant the corms straight into the ground in a well-drained spot in sun or light shade. I grew some very successfully last summer and autumn in a west-facing bed against a hedge.

When the plants are up and growing, they will benefit from a potash-rich feed – comfrey juice or something you would use for tomatoes (see our website for details).

For containers

Plant six bulbs, pointy end upwards (again at 1-2 in deep) in a 13cm/5in pot, or spaced at that equivalent in a larger pot. They like a rich, loam-based compost (which I expect explains why they do well on my heavy soil) with a little extra grit added for drainage. Go for about two thirds compost, one third grit.

Water regularly and keep them moist and shaded at all times – a cold greenhouse or conservatory is ideal. Once the corms start to sprout, move the pots into full sunlight and keep watering . When the buds show colour, you can bring them indoors. If they have been planted in good soil or compost they will not require feeding.


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