Freesia & Ranunculus - Grand Blend

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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.

Ranunculus resemble tissue roses. The sheer petals overlap to form a tightly packed rosette in pure tones of red, white, yellow, pink and orange. Ranunculus are a favorite of florists and not often seen in home gardens. Each bulb produces several flowers on straight stems with parsley-like leaves. Ranunculus blooms continuously for 5 to 6 weeks. Plant with poppies and anemone for a continuous display of vibrant color.

About this Variety

This Grand Blend of Freesia and Ranunculus is a combination of all of the colors commercially available of both flower bulbs - including reds, whites, golds, oranges, yellows and pinks.
 

Highlights

  • Long-lasting cut flowers
  • Grows well in containers
  • Beautiful, seemingly perfect blooms
  • Perfect cutting garden addition
  • Beneficial to pollinators; attracts bees and hummingbirds

Exposure:

Full sun

Blooms:

Early Spring to Summer

Height:

Grows 12-24" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 2-4" apart, 1-3" deep 

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 8-10, Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Plant in a full sun to partially shaded location. Prefers 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 2-4" apart for the best show. Freesia corms should be planted 1-3" 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.

Care Tip

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. 

Ranunculus prefer to be planted in light, well-drained soil. Root rot can occur in wet, poorly drained soils.In zones where ranunculus are not winter hardy, they are planted in spring for blooms late summer. In climates such as these, ranunculus are best planted in containers to ensure proper drainage and care. Ranunculus are not fans of high temperatures making cool, coastal conditions ideal growing environments.