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Care of the bulbous plant Freesia caryophyllacea or Freesia elimensis.

Care of the tuberous plant Freesia caryophyllacea or Freesia elimensis

The genus Freesia, family Iridaceae, includes 15 species and numerous cultivars of corm plants native to South Africa. Some species are: Freesia caryophyllacea, Freesia x hybrida, Freesia alba, Freesia fucata, Freesia laxa, Freesia grandiflora, Freesia refracta.

Scientific synonyms: Freesia elimensis, Freesia herbertii and Freesia parva.

They are herbaceous plants with corms that reach 10 cm (3.93") in height. The blunt-tipped, linear leaves are deep green in color. The scented and attractive white, yellow and pink flowers appear in clusters above the leaves. They bloom in spring.

They are used in rockeries, on dry and sunny slopes, in borders and in pots as balcony, terrace and patio plants.

The Freesia caryophyllacea needs full sun exposure and a warm, dry climate.

They grow in sandy, stony and clayey soils that have good drainage. The corms are planted at the end of autumn. Plant the corms 8 cm deep.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to be completely dry. They resist drought well. Do not water after flowering until the leaves are completely dry. Store the corms in a dry, dark place until planting time.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by division of the corms and from seeds.

Images of the tuberous plant Freesia caryophyllacea or Freesia elimensis

Freesia caryophyllacea