The Q&A Archives: Growing Begonias, Lilies

Question: I have a camellia begonias and lilium oriental hybrid (gypsy eyes) bulb. The directions are for outdoor growth but I'd like to grow them in containers inside the house. Can I begin to grow them now indoors? And what do I need to do have them bloom? Also, I would like to buy Freesia bulbs but can I grow them now? What do I need to do to have them bloom? Since I live in the city, I'd to grow these bulbs indoors in containers. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks. Mai Quincy, MA

Answer: Although it's sometimes recommended to start these bulbs in containers indoors, most will perform best when transplanted outdoors when the weather warms up. The sunshine, good air circulation, and cool night temperatures promotes the best blooming.Since you cannot plant them outdoors, though, try to mimic these conditions in your house. Freesias, especially, like cool tmeperatures--preferably in the 50's at night.

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