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Freesia Flower Meaning Care and Features

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Freesia Flower Meaning Care and Features

Freesia Flower Meaning Care and Features

freesia, (genus Freesia), the genus of about 20 species of perennial plants,

of the iris family (Iridaceae) native to southern Africa.

The plants are grown indoors in pots or in gardens in mild climates,

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and cut flowers are important in the floral industry.

Overall, freesias are said to symbolize friendship,

making them the perfect choice for a spontaneous springtime bouquet,

when you want to let your best pal know you’re thinking of them.

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No one can say no to surprise flowers!

Freesia Flower Meaning Care and Features

Freesias of all colors generally symbolize trust and innocence,
but there are several freesia colors that carry specific meanings.
White freesias symbolize purity and innocence.
They are one of the most popular wedding flowers,
because they are symbolic of the purity of the bride as well as the trust between the couple.

Freesia Flower Meaning Care and Features

Sun and Heat:
Freesias may be grown in full sun or part shade.
They grow best in cool, springtime temperatures (55 to 60°F), and may stop blooming when temperatures rise over 70°F.
If you are growing freesias in a greenhouse, keep the pots out of direct sunlight until they have sprouted.

About Freesias

  • They belong to the spectacular Iridaceae family, sharing it with many other well-known species including Bugle-lilies, Crocuses, Gladioli, Irises, and Montbretias.
  • Freesia flowers come in different varieties to choose from. The ‘Belleville’, ‘Golden Passion’, ‘Oberon’, and ‘Royal Blue’ cultivars enjoy the greatest fame.
  • Although all Freesias are equally charming, only the Freesia laxa species (Flowering grass) has gained the prestigious Award of Garden Merit. This cultivar is truly unique due to its distinctive flat and star-shaped flowers.
  • Due to their thin stems, these plants cannot always support the weight of their blossoms. You can help your Freesias to stay upright by providing them with some external support, such as a plastic, metal, wooden, or bamboo stake.
  • Their flowers have a specific, pleasing, and sweet fragrance. They play a big part in the production of candles, hand creams, body lotions, shampoos, and perfumes.
  • Freesia plants make for excellent cut flowers alone or in bouquets. Since many people use them in aromatherapy, a bouquet of Freesias in your surroundings can reduce your stress levels and positively impact your mood.
  • These plants have no toxic effects on animals or humans if ingested or touched. Because of this, you can grow Freesias anywhere you want, even near your furry buddies or curious children.
  • The most suitable companion plants for our colorful Freesia flowers are Agave, Alyssum, Clivia, Cosmos, Dahlia, Gladiolus, Iris, Larkspur, Lily of The Valley, Narcissus, Poppy Anemone, Rose, and Tulip.

Features Of Freesias

  • Freesias are herbaceous perennial plants that can reach up to 1 or 2 feet (30-60 cm) in height at maturity. As potted plants, they grow only about 6 to 12 inches (15-31 cm).
  • These plants spread from a conical underground stem called corm that has between 0.5 and 1 inch (1-2.5 cm) in diameter. The corm serves as a storage organ to survive prolonged drought and heat.
  • Their foliage consists of narrow, grass-like, and evergreen leaves with sparsely branched stems of 4 to 16 inches (4-10 cm) long. The leaves usually measure from 4 to 12 inches (10-30) in length.
  • Freesia plants bloom from early spring through late summer. Numerous species come along with fragrant, slender, funnel-shaped flowers. However, some species like Freesia laxa have flat blossoms.
  • In general, their single or double flowers emerge on a long, loose, one-sided tiny stem called a stalk. They show up with a vast color palette, exhibiting various tints of yellow, white, red, orange, purple, pink, or blue.

What Do Freesia Smell Like?

They are definitely sweet-smelling flowers.
Some have compared them to strawberries and summer fruits,
while some say they have a bit more of a citrusy scent to them!
Since the fragrance from freesias is so pleasantly sweet,
the species Freesia refracta is widely cultivated as a fragrance for use in shampoos, body lotions, and perfumes.
In fact, many of the most popular designer perfumes today,
include the freesia scent to balance out the overall fragrance.
How to care for freesias. 
Water freesias regularly once growth appears, aiming to keep the compost moist,
but take care not to over-water.
Start feeding freesias when the flower buds start to form.
Use a liquid fertilizer high in potash and apply every 10-14 days.

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