False Freesia Plant Care – Information On Planting False Freesia Corms
If you are looking for information on growing false freesias, then you have come to the right place! If you want to grow true freesias, then read on…
The False Freesia (Fremna viridis) is one of the most popular plants in Australia. It’s easy to grow and it produces beautiful flowers year after year. It grows well in almost any climate. You can even grow them outdoors if you live in a warm climate where they don’t freeze over. They’re very hardy plants and will survive harsh winters.
They look like little white grapes with purple petals and are native to parts of South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. They’re actually quite difficult to cultivate because they require lots of moisture but once established they produce nice blooms year after year.
In fact, many people think that they’re poisonous. I’m sure you’ve heard stories about eating poison ivy or poison oak. These plants contain oxalates which cause severe pain when eaten. However, there are no known cases of anyone dying from consuming freesia berries. They can be mildly irritating to the inside of your mouth and intestine but are not poisonous in any way.
Here I will teach you how to grow them, step by step.
How To Plant Freesia
Before planting your freesias, you need to make sure that you have everything that you need.
First of all, you need to buy some fresh freesias. Don’t buy them if they’re already in a flower pot or cup because you need to be able to remove the old soil that’s already in there. It’s best if you can get them from a nursery or garden center that sells them by the 6-pack (also called a “square”). That way, you can just take out the entire pack and plant it.
Most of the time, you can simply poke a hole in the ground with your finger and push the whole 6-pack in. If it’s too tight, you can pull out one of the plants and then re-insert the square somewhere else.
Once you’ve decided on a good spot, dig a hole. Make sure that it’s deep enough to accommodate the entire plant. Put some soil in first to make room for the roots. Once the hole is ready, remove the plant from its current pot or cup and place it in the hole that you’ve dug.
You should fill in the hole with soil and gently pack it down around the roots and stem. You don’t want any air pockets forming or the plant won’t be able to get the water that it needs.
After that, water your freesia well. You want to make sure that all the soil is nice and wet. Keep the area around your freesia well watered for the next few days to a week. This will ensure that your plant stays healthy and begins blooming nice and strong.
After the first couple of weeks, your freesia will need less water because the roots have had time to establish themselves in their new home. Don’t water too much, however.
Sources & references used in this article:
Effects of temperature and light on growth, flowering and corm formation in Freesia by BMM Mansour – 1968 – library.wur.nl
Effects of saline irrigation water applications on quality characteristics of Freesia grown in greenhouse by K Aydinsakir, A Tepe, D Buyuktas – Akdeniz Üniversitesi Ziraat …, 2010 – researchgate.net
Dynamics and Transcriptome Analysis of Starch and Sucrose Metabolism During Corm Development in Freesia Hybrida by L Ma, S Ding, Z Yan, D Tang – 2020 – researchsquare.com
Freesia alba (GL Mey.) Gumbl.(Iridaceae). by A Notten – 2004 – opus.sanbi.org
Root contraction in Freesia (Iridaceae) by SE Ruzin – American Journal of Botany, 1979 – Wiley Online Library