Growing Floral Freesias

Rodger Whitlock
Tue, 14 May 2013 14:24:42 PDT
On 13 May 2013, at 21:00, Robert Hoel wrote:

> I have had mixed results growing the hybridized floral freesias in pots in my
> greenhouse.  Has anyone tried to grow them outside in the ground in the summer
> months?  The plan is to use these for cut flowers.  I am in the Chicago area and
> realize that they are not winter hardy and would need to be lifted for the
> winter.  Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

Freesias are winter-growing, spring-flowering plants. Here in Victoria, the old 
school method was to grow them from seed, overwintering them in a sheltered, 
south-facing coldframe that you covered with mats during seriously cold weather.

My memory is vague, but I think seed was sown one spring for flowering a year 
later. But don't quote me on this point!

To the degree that your natural conditions aren't in harmony with this pattern 
of growth and flowering, you will have difficulty with them.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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