Freesias in the green

ianbrazil(11)March 10, 2013

I have been given some freesias in pots. Am I right in thinking they are mediterranean-type plants? They are sturdy looking plants and have obviously been well watered. My question is: I have no idea when they last flowered and don't know whether to dry them off or not. We still have several months of warm weather to come.

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

They are super easy and come back every year. They are endemic to Southern Africa. Give them a dry summer and start watering in fall to supplement rain and they grow and bloom. I would plant them and give them water until summer hits to help get them established in their new spot so they have a good year next year.

They also work well in hanging baskets believe it or not because they are so floppy. They flop over and the flowers hang over the edges.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 7:52PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

Be aware that if you mix colors, freesias will freely cross-pollinate. I have gotten some startling color combinations from them!

Down in SoCal they're probably blooming already, but up here in NorCal my flower spikes are still buds.

Here's some freesias that crossed white and purple:

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 8:09PM
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gobluedjm

Jkom is right, they are blooming in Socal.
Mine start coming up in Oct and form buds in Feb and about 25% are blooming now. I've had them in for 5 years and added another area last year.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 8:23PM
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homey_bird

Great to see this thread! I just planted my freesias this late winter. Do I have a chance to get flowers this season? Sadly I forgot to plant them in Fall when bulbs usually go in the ground.

Although, my bulbs are barely sprouting and I think if I'd planted them in Fall they would probably be in the same shape right now.

Thanks in advance!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 6:37PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

If they are sprouting foliage they should flower, homey. Keep them watered until they bloom then taper off.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 5:03PM
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homey_bird

Cool, thanks for the advice! I can't wait!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 1:06PM
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