Botanical Name: Freesia hybrids
Freesia flower is often sold as cut flowers in florist's shops. You can enjoy their beautiful, highly fragrant blooms even longer, though, if you grow freesias yourself as house plants.
Funnel-shaped freesia flowers are sweetly-scented and available in single- and double-flowered varieties. Hybrids offer a big range of gorgeous colors -- lavender, pink, orange, red, yellow, white and bicolors. Surrounding the flower stems are long, strap-like leaves.
Make freesia last longer by keeping the plant in a slightly cooler location. Blooms will last for weeks if kept at a maximum of 65°F/18°C.
Freesia bulbs are actually corms, and are easy to force into bloom. Choose corms that are firm -- not soft or mushy. Don't buy any that are sprouting. After waiting for months for freesia flower to bloom, you don't want to be disappointed.
Start planting freesia in late summer or early fall for winter or early-spring blooms.
Origin: South Africa
Height: Up to 18 in (45 cm). Flower stems often need to be staked to hold them upright.
Light: Bright light. Some cool, direct morning sunlight is fine.
Water: Keep the soil lightly moist. Don't overwater because it will cause the corms to rot.
Humidity: Moderate humidity
Temperature: Warm temperatures 80°F/27°C until corms start sprouting, then keep cool 60-65°F/16-18°C while freesia plant is growing and flowering.
Soil: Any good-quality potting mix.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks, beginning with the first show of flower buds till the end of flowering. Use a high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Corms will not bloom a second time indoors. They do produce offsets that can be planted. After flowering, allow the foliage to die back naturally, cut off the stems, then remove and store the offsets in a dry place.