The biggest change between Paris and London I noted was the vastly different types of flowers in each city. The colder climates of England make growing here tough, but there are still some beautiful flowers available if you are willing to work for them. One of my favorites and, indeed, one of the most popular in England is the freesia.
This gorgeous flower takes a little work to get right, and I’m here to help you maximize your success. The first step is to plant it where it will get full sunlight. This is particularly important in the morning, as this is when they’ll get most of their sun. Try the east side of your home for the most success.
Now dig into the soil at least eight inches and plant the bulbs two inches deep and about four inches apart. I’ve found that they look best when they are planted close together like this, as they create a gorgeous mass bloom. I also like to plant bulbs about a week apart to create a staggered blooming effect.
Watering should be done daily, but not an excessive amount. Just try to keep the soil damp, without being heavily wet. Fertilizing should occur in the spring, as this will maximize their growth. Applying it later will only smother them, especially if you do it in the fall.
If you are interested in trimming or picking them, try to do it in the days before heavy heat hits. If you wait too long, the buds will dry out and look awful in a vase. Trim them about an inch from the soil to give them the chance to regrow later.
That’s about it! As you can see, there aren’t a lot of really strict guidelines here, but just a few basic steps. Do you have any great pictures of successful freesia you’d like to share? Add them in the comments below!