The Q&A Archives: Forcing Freesias

Question: I am hoping to force some freesias this winter but have heard that they are difficult to force. Could you please give me any directions on how I would do it? Is the procedure similar to forcing hyacinths for example?

Answer: Freesias are similar to other bulbs, except they don't need a period of chilling prior to planting. Plant the corms about 2 inches deep (pointed end up) in moist potting soil. They need bright light and warm temperatures (70F degrees in the daytime, 50F degrees at night). Freesias require about 3 months of growth time before they will bloom. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy, while you're waiting for those fragrant blooms to appear.

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