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Name: Martha Martinez
San Fernando (Zone 10a)
martham92
Jun 3, 2018 3:06 PM CST
I bought several freesias last year and I fell in love with their scent. I planted them in the ground and left them there. They started growing again this year and the blooms opened yesterday, but unfortunately they don't smell the same as they did last year. Last year they had a very sweet but soft scent. This year they have a very strong, pepper like scent. Why did the scent from my freesias change so much this year compared to last year? Is it possible that as the bloom matures, the scent will change along the way?
Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Jun 3, 2018 5:49 PM CST
Has anything changed in the culture? Are you using the same fertilizer? Are you using compost?
I can only think that the best possibility is that the plants absorbed something that altered their fragrance. I admit it is possible that since It is a year later, that thing responsible in your soil for the fragrance change has had enough time to alter the fragrance.
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Name: Martha Martinez
San Fernando (Zone 10a)
martham92
Jun 3, 2018 7:24 PM CST
BigBill said:Has anything changed in the culture? Are you using the same fertilizer? Are you using compost?
I can only think that the best possibility is that the plants absorbed something that altered their fragrance. I admit it is possible that since It is a year later, that thing responsible in your soil for the fragrance change has had enough time to alter the fragrance.


I did change soil and fertilizer several times. I hope they go back to smelling how they used to
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
Jun 3, 2018 7:25 PM CST
I agree

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