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Freesia Bulbs

fnoor79fnoor79 Posts: 2
I bought some freesia bulbs and planted them in March as per the instructions on the packet which said plant between March-may. According to packet they should flower from July. The green stems have come through on most of the bulbs but they seem to have stopped growing. 2 different people have now told me that freesias flower in spring! And that they won’t flower now. Is that right? 

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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,984
    I've tried several times and never managed to get a freesia.
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  • fnoor79fnoor79 Posts: 2
    I have bulbs growing now and flowering from July onwards sounds normal for the U.K. 
    so what do yours look like right now? Is it just green stems at moment? Should I just persevere? I was gutted and almost gave up. 
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 558
    I tried Freesias a few years ago and was very disappointed. I also tried them in my Brazilian garden and was equally disappointed. Could this be one of those plants that appears in florist's bouquets, but is difficult to grow? It is from S Africa, could explain a lot.
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  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    I gave up on trying to grow freesias many years ago.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    I think they'd only flower early if grown undercover. They aren't hardy in the UK. They need to be kept frost free, and they need rich soil, so if you're in a warm part of the country you might get away with it, but otherwise they need lifting over winter and given protection. 
    I think you can get prepared bulbs/corms - a bit like those hyacinths you can buy. Perhaps you need to have that to be successful - not sure. 
    Many people have them as indoor plants, I believe.
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  • dubgali4dubgali4 Posts: 4
    I also tried Freesias a few years ago and was very disappointed. I also tried them in my Brazilian garden and was equally disappointed. 
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