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Freesia

Freesia spp.

Ruikpypie (Afr.)

The commonly grow freesias are a result of a cross between F. refracta and F. leichtlinii, many cultivars have been bred from these species and the pink- and yellow-flowered forms of F. corymbosa. Freesias are commercially cultivated for the cut flower industry and is on the list of top 10 cut flowers on the Dutch Market. It is a spring flowering bulb planted in gardens with a dormant summer. after planting the bulb in the end of summer , they quickly grow to produce a pretty, usually fragrant flower in Spring.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Flowers can be harvested for the vase, cut once the first flowers start opening.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in autumn or winter and keep moist.
Division
Divide offsets from the little corms in autumn.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including bees!
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers, place in full sun and provide good drainage. Keep pots dry in the dormant phase!

Geography

Origin
Africa, Eastern side of Africa, Kenya to South Africa.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
White, yellow, pink, red, blue-mauve
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to red spider mite, aphids, dry rot and Fusarium wilt.

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