|Freesia alba blooms in late winter-early spring.|
Actually, I was concerned they'd smell like scented tampons. Years ago, I'd purchased a box of Freesia-scented tampons and hated them. It was as if the scent was emanating from inside my body. Wait a minute! It was!
Anyway, I won't go down that road, which luckily I no longer have to travel. Suffice it to say, adding the chemically-created scent that supposedly mimicked a flower's fragrance was like turning a Led Zepplin song into elevator music. Enough said.
Removed that image from your minds? Good. First, just the vision of this particular Freesia promises good things.
Somewhat succulent and just a touch of sparkle that white, thick-petaled flowers have. The golden centers and fuzzy white anthers add more charm and draw you in for a sniff.
|Three stems of Freesia alba.|
Two things I'd recommend for good growth and bloom are lights and soil with great drainage. You'll need supplemental light for these African sun-dwellers.
I used a soil mix that included half good potting soil and half a mixture of chicken grit, perlite and coir.
If you have a soil mix that you use for cacti, add some good compost type potting soil to it and you'll have the perfect mix.
|Freesia leaves sprouting after just two weeks.|
Strangely enough, the other varieties I'd planted at around the same time as this one are not doing well at all. My guess is they don't like the pot they're in. For the Freesia alba, I just used a thin plastic pot.