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Looking after freesia


By Jane21

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Have just bought a freesia, are they difficult to look after? Never grown one before.



I have some freesia bulbs, which were cheapies, that flowered the first year and have came up blind every year since :( I do like the leaves though so never botherd lifting them, sorry nothing else to offer but thought I would share x

7 Jun, 2012


Thank you for sharing. Jx

7 Jun, 2012


keep in a sunny place and keep watered and the scent is wonderful - for about 2 weeks. Then just leave them. If in suitable soil they grow new bulbs readily and self seed well. I used to take mine in every winter but I noticed that I forgot a few and they still came up! As long as it is well drained (not waterlogged in winter). Also mice love them and bundling them all together in a warm shed is inviting trouble as you see the horror of empty bulb shells and mouse droppings in your bulb box. Enjoy - they are amongst my fav aroma.

7 Jun, 2012


Thank you they are my favourites too. Will see what happens and if they come up next year. Jx

7 Jun, 2012


Mine flower in late winter in the conservatory. They they are treated like any other bulb, fed, dried out and left outside in their pot for the summer. No idea whether these are a different variety from the summer ones or if it just depends on temperature and watering. But it is lovely to have the perfume in February, which is when the wild ones on the Algarve flower.

8 Jun, 2012


Interesting. i don't have a conservatory (yet)!, will see how they do over winter in the garden. Okay I suspect on a moderate winter, but not good on a hard one. thanks for info

8 Jun, 2012


I do have a conservatory and going to pu a planter in there as its none, ive no houseplants at the mo due to 2 cats..... Will try some freesia bulbs in it :) good idea! X

8 Jun, 2012


Why do cats stop you having houseplants Magnad? We had two cats for years and plenty of houseplants - no probs.

9 Jun, 2012


Mines like to eat them, dig in the pots, or knock them over..... Ones now decided to start using my seed bed as a toilet....... Water pistol now at the ready lol

10 Jun, 2012

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