The Q&A Archives: Freesia

Question: I want to start them inside in pots. Is now good? How much watering and sun? When can I put them outside and leave them? Should I put them out in the day and bring them in to get them used to it?

Answer: Freesia's are native to South Africa and appreciate warm, mild weather. You can start the corms indoors now and place the pots outdoors when the weather warms in mid-spring. Freesia's like nighttime temperatures of 50F degrees, so don't leave them out overnight if the weather is likely to be too chilly. Your plants won't need a hardening-off treatment prior to setting them outside, as long as the nighttime temperatures stay above 50F. Plant the corms about 2" deep (pointed end up) and about 2" apart. Freesia's like full sun to part afternoon shade and lots of water during the growth and flowering stages. After flowering, allow the soil to dry out. When the foliage dies back, lift the corms and store over the winter. Replant in early spring for another beautiful and fragrant display the following year.

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