Freesia - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, NY
Question by msantang
May 18, 1999
I recently purchased a freesia plant and I have no idea how to care for it. I can't find any information on this particular plant anywhere. Can you please tell me how to care for it? I have it outside right now.

Answer from NGA
May 18, 1999


Freesia's are native to South Africa and can grow outdoors in mild climates, but are best as a container plant in other areas. After the fragrant flowers die, the plants will dry up, and the corms will need a resting period and then a chill before they will resume growth. You can enjoy your Freesia until it stops blooming. Then allow the foliage to die back on its own, dig the corm and let it rest in a cool area. Replant in the winter, keeping the pot in a cool room (maximum 55F degrees). Water when sprouts appear and move to a sunny windowsill. Take it outdoors when the weather warms, or keep it inside as a houseplant. When the blooms fade, allow the foliage to die down on its own, dig the corm, store and repot the following winter.

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