Freesia laxa

patty allen
Wed, 29 May 2013 03:51:01 PDT
I for one, will be watching for that posting!
I am anxious to try them where I live.

-----Original Message-----
>From: clayton3120 clayton3120 <>
>Sent: May 28, 2013 7:55 PM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Freesia laxa
>It's good I was sitting down when I read this about the blue Freesia laxa.
>  Most of mine are blue , and they seed in all the surrounding pots. I
>assumed this was a common, weedy form.  I never gave it a second thought
>that it might be difficult.
>Let me see what I have, I'd gladly donate it to the BX.
>Rick K
>On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM, Gastil Gastil-Buhl
>> Mary Sue wrote:
>> "None of the seeds germinated for me. It's strange
>> that this plant from a summer rainfall area blooms for her in winter
>> (January)."
>> The pale blue Freesia laxa I grow are all from a single parent plant which
>> I got in the 1990s from UCSB, who got it from UCI.
>> Because these grow so easily for me, I have not done germination tests nor
>> kept much of a record of how I grow them. Until I learned about the PBS BX,
>> I used to toss the seeds into whatever pot of succulents was within reach.
>> I only noticed when they grew. I do not know what germination rate to
>> expect. I sow them very shallow or even just toss them on the soil surface.
>> This past year Ive grown these in their own pots, on a wire shelf under an
>> arbor of vines, protected from frost. Their indicator plants are self-sown
>> Impatiens that dry out much faster than anything else on that shelf so
>> these pots get a lot more frequent watering than my other bulbs. Their soil
>> is nothing special, just half bagged mix and half sand and pumice, roughly.
>> I crowd them way too much in the pots.
>> I set the terra-cotta pots on a wire shelf and let their leaves grow up
>> thru the wire shelf above them as a support. Otherwise the floppy leaves
>> just fall over the edge of the pot. They seem to like having their lower
>> stems more open in the air like this. I got twice as many seed pods this
>> year as last year.
>> The flowering period has varied. This year I had flowers from January
>> through April, with a few stragglers either end. This is more than in past
>> years. They are beginning to go dormant now but there are still a dozen
>> green pods maturing. I have never attempted to put them on a particular
>> growing cycle. When they sprout I water them. When they begin to turn brown
>> I stop watering them. They also get chance water; I do not move the pots
>> onto the dry storage shelves over the summer.
>> - Gastil
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