Freesias : Bring home Beauty with Fragrance

Fragrant Freesia

A wide range of colors and an alluring floral fragrance make freesia hard to resist. With up to eight trumpet-shaped, upward-pointing blossoms on leafless stems, freesias make delightful cut flowers that last a long time in the vase.

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Freesia flowers are very fragrant, typically white or yellow, and are borne in spikelike racemes, usually grown for use as cut flowers.

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Freesia flowers are borne as loose one-sided spikes of narrowly funnel-shaped flowersalong a side few leaves.

Some excellent Freesia varieties for fragrance include:

Athene, Allure, Demeter, Excelsior, Golden Wave, Mirabel, Pink Westlind, Snowdon, and Welkin.

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The tender, cormous plant, Freesia originated in South Africa. The leaves on Freesia are sword shaped and light green and may be up to 1 feet high.

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Freesia Flower stalks are slender and about the same height. As many as 8 funnel-shaped Freesia flowers form a loose cluster at the top of each stalk.

Where the flowers begin, the stem makes a sharp bend so that the Freesia flowers face upward.

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Freesias bloom readily indoors. Plant the bulbs about 2 inches apart in a pot filled with regular potting soil. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy, and place the pot in a sunny, preferably south-facing window. Expect flowers in 10 to 12 weeks.

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Facts About Freesia

• Freesia bloom was named by Dr. Freese (1785-1876) , a native of Kiel, Germany.

• The flowers come in a great variety of colors - white, golden yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, lavender, purple and bicolors.

• Freesia perfume has a light, sweet, soap-like floral scent - trendy in soaps, lotions and so forth.

• Freesia flower bouquets are also used for gifting on special occassions. Freesia flowers are symbolic of innocence.

• Freesia are very poularly used in the perfume, scented oils and baths and other related industries.
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You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.