The Q&A Archives: Freesia

Question: I have freesia bulbs and I understand that I must lift them in fall but, I don't know when I should plant them. Should I wait until after our last frost date? I live in zone 6 or should I start them indoors and transplant them outside or can I put them out now? How much sun do they require etc? Any info would be helpful.

Answer: Freesia is so lovely -- but it is usually grown as a potted plant because it has fairly demanding temperature requirements. (Normally it is planted in late summer so it will bloom indoors during the winter or early spring.) Once planted in a rich, well drained mix (plant them about two inches apart in groups of say nine to a six inch pot) set them in a cool location (about 50 degrees) for two weeks to root and sprout. When they have sprouted, set them in a sunny location and keep them growing fairly cool, about 55 degrees. Keep them in bright light, lightly watered and fed lightly. Once the flower buds begin to show, keep them between 60 and 65 degrees at night. After they bloom, gradually allow them to dry off and ripen in a cool spot, then remove them from the soil and store them in a dry spot until next year.

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