Houseplants forum: Freesia in the house

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Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 6, 2017 6:21 PM CST
Hi, Bought this cheap plant at HD and saw the tag has marked "Full Sun", so first idea was to plant it in the garden/yard... then got smell the nice fragrance from the already bloomed flowers that made me stop the first move to outside and instead repot it and place inside to enjoy the bloom and fancy smell... I hope the Freesia will continue to bloom and grow from inside my house. Heard that this plant is more likely to have winter dormancy as Amaryllis? Anyone has experience growing Freesia indoor? Please share. Thanks
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 7, 2017 1:51 PM CST
https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

They mention Freesia indoors. Gene
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 7, 2017 1:54 PM CST
I had it indoors once years ago. I liked the scent, but it drove my husband and kids nuts. They didn't care for the smell because it was so strong.
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Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 7, 2017 6:14 PM CST
Thanks, Gene. Very helpful article/information!

Karen, Don't know which variety you had. The one I got has yellow/blue (purple?) flowers and the scent is subtle, but not strong... maybe the plant was moved in my house suddenly and hasn't recovered from the change yet? Any way, I don't mind strong scent as long as it's nice fragrance/aroma.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 10, 2017 4:01 PM CST
I find freesias growing actively from late Fall to early Spring. It likes our winter rains here, and as much sun it can get when conditions are cool. Come late Spring to summer, after blooming, it will slowly die down and go on for its summer dormancy. But it does need that summer heat dormancy, for its next growth cycle.

Too bad, I think our Tikoy sat on the leaves and dug it so no freesias for me this year.

Love the fragrance, but once it gets too hot like 80F and higher it will fizzle out till next growing season again.

I guess you can grow them indoors, as long as you have good early morning sun, it may not like too much afternoon heat as it hits the windows.
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Apr 11, 2017 6:08 PM CST
Tarev, Thanks for the info. When it comes to the summer dormancy, does it need to move to shade/dark, cool spot? Or just let it dry and die out under hot sunlight?

By the way, its flowers change color shape -- from dark purple (earlier old one) to light purple (later new one). Could it be caused by the light change from outdoor to indoor? ???
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 11, 2017 6:23 PM CST
After flowers and foliage are gone, it actually needs to feel warm for 3 months in temps around 85F, so I just keep them in the container. It is so warm in our area anyways, and no rain, it is a good simulation of dry South African summer. In areas that are rainy in summer they have to lift them and kept dry and warm.

That color change is normal.
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
May 28, 2017 12:42 PM CST
I think my Freesia has been coming to the summer dormancy (even summer does not start yet). I'll wait to see until all flowers and leaves dry/die out and fall... by itself. And guess to see it grow again after the summer?
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