PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Freesia (Lapeirousia/Anomatheca) laxa|
|False freesia, Painted Petals|
|Originating from South Africa, this diminutive relative of the iris is an unusual and attractive addition at the front of borders. It thrives in poor, dry soil but will tolerate most situations that are not too moist. Spikes of bright pink blooms, about an inch across, with dark central blotches, appear in late Spring above tiny fans of rich-green, iris-like foliage and will continue to flower for many months. The corms sometimes survive mild winters, but will usually happily self-seed. (Recently classified as Freesia laxa, but formerly known as both Lapeirousia and Anomatheca.)|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow under glass in spring, 0.2in/5mm deep into individual modules of good quality compost at 68F/20C (though in my experience they manage to germinate in an unheated propagator in the greenhouse without bottom heat). Germination usually takes about 2 weeks, but can be erratic. Grow on in small pots and plant out when all danger of frost is past. It is safest to lift corms and keep them in a cool, dark place over winter because wet and cold can result in rot, but, particularly in light, free-draining soil, they may well survive in the ground.|