Freesias Not Flowering - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
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Question by sdworkmom
January 20, 2001
I planted a bulb garden in the fall. The freesia bulbs were the first to start growing. They were green and growing and getting tall and then started falling over, so I staked some of them. Now they are getting yellow and some are dying and they haven't gotten any blooms. Did the weather have a lot to do with it. I live in San Diego and it was warm up until a month ago and then the weather has gotten cold again. Was it a tease for the bulbs to grow and it was to early? Is there anything I can do to save them and to get them to bloom when it does warm up?

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2001
Freesia is a member of the Iris family. It is a corm that develops narrow, sword-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers on branched, arching spikes. If your plants didn't flower this year, they may not be getting quite the right conditions. Corms should be planted 3" deep in a sunny to partly shady spot, and watered regularly during the growing season. You can apply a balanced fertilizer on a weekly basis once the flower buds start to appear. Reduce water after flowering. 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. Even though yours didn't flower, allow the foliage to die back on its own, then dig and let the corms rest in a cool area. You can replant outdoors in late summer for blooms next winter.

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