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The exotic blooms of freesias are well known for the delightfully sweet fragrance. Freesias are available in a wide variety of bold, single or double blooms that appear on leafless, arching, wiry stems.
About this Variety
Single blooming Freesias are eye catching and create a striking display in the garden. They are usually sold in mixtures which is why this Purple Rain is a unique buy.
- Delightfully sweet fragrance
- Long-lasting cut flowers
- Grows well in containers, borders, rock gardens & mass plantings
- A florist favorite
- Easy to grow
Full sun to partial shade
Grows 12-18" tall
Plant 2-3" apart, 1-2" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 9-10, Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Freesia in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in a full sun to partially shaded location. Freesia loves soil that is rich, porous and drains well but still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed, add fertilizer and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant in groups with corms spaced 2-3" apart for the best show. Freesia corms should be planted 1-2" deep. Water thoroughly at planting. Water regularly while growing and in bloom so that water will reach the roots. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply fertilizer before and after flowering. In zones 8 and below, corms should be lifted and stored in sand at 50-60ºF to over winter. To avoid soft rot, corms should be dried quickly.
Freesias look best planted in groups. Plant approximately 15 bulbs per square foot. Extend the blooming season in a cut garden by planting a few corms bi-weekly since they bloom 10-12 weeks after planting. Freesia can also be grown in pots indoors.