Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 8-9
- Spacing: 4"
- Height: 15-24"
- Blooms: mid to late summer
- Planting Depth: 2-3"
Double Freesias Mixture
Freesia are in the Iris family, Iridaceae, and are native to Africa. The bulbs produce graceful spikes of colorful, funnel-shaped flowers, known for their sweet fragrance. They grow well in containers and make long-lasting cut flowers. Our mixture will produce yellow, purple, white and/or orange blooms over narrow, sword-shaped leaves.
Plant the bulbs outside after danger of frost has passed. To ensure proper flower development, plant bulbs when soil temperatures are below 65°F for the first 6 to 8 weeks. Plant 2-3” deep and 4” apart in rich, moist, well-draining soil in a sunny area. If planting in containers, use a good quality potting mix. Keep containers shaded and barely moist until growth is evident.
Fertilize lightly after growth begins. If grown in containers, fertilize weekly. Stake the plants while they are still small to prevent the foliage and flower spikes from flopping over as they grow.
Freesia are tender and only hardy in zones 8-9. In colder areas, treat the bulbs as annuals or dig to over-winter inside. If keeping the bulbs, continue to feed the plants after blooming until the leaves yellow and die back. Decrease watering and allow the plants to dry. If in containers, you may over-winter the bulbs right in the same containers at 40-50°F in a dry area with good circulation. If dug from the ground, allow the bulbs to dry in a frost-free, dry area for a few days. Remove foliage and excess soil and store in paper bags, also between 40-50°F.