|Temperature||Tolerates 34-80° F. Ideal from 50-70° F. Will tolerate short light frosts. Cooler temperatures prolong bloom life.|
|Light||Full sun or bright light.|
|Water||Evenly moist at all times. Must have good drainage.|
|Fertilizer||None required during bloom. Light feed during growth stage. Evenly balanced time-release capsules work quite well.|
|Soil||Peat Moss: Fir bark: Sand. 2:2:1 ratio is a good mix.|
|USDA Zone(s)||Zones 9 - 10. Click here for a zone map.|
|Availability||January - May, November - December|
Pluck off spent blossoms when they begin to droop. When the plant is no longer attractive, take it outdoors into full sun and keep the soil moist until the foliage turns yellow and dries. This is important to assure good flowering corms for the following season. At this point, stop watering and allow the soil to dry completely. When thoroughly dried, clean off all the dead stems and foliage and store the pot in a dry place through the summer, or remove the corms from the soil and store them wrapped in newspaper. In the fall, check the corms and if they appear healthy, plant them either in your yard or in another pot. Special Note: The corms must have at least six months of dormancy before planting in the fall. Since we "program" our freesias for year round production, if you acquired your freesia in late summer or fall and the corms have less than six months of dormancy, they may not produce flowers the following spring. Although our freesias are grown primarily for your immediate enjoyment, we believe you can grow them outdoors the following season with surprisingly good results. We've found the freesia to be one of the easiest plants to grow where the winter temperatures dip no lower than 20° F. Around October, find a spot with well-draining soil and plant the corms in the ground 2 inches deep and 2 inches apart. Water well, then keep soil moist throughout the growing and blooming seasons. Freesias normally bloom in the spring. After blooming, leave the plant in the ground and keep the soil watered until the plant dies back completely. When the plant dies, stop watering and allow the soil to dry. At this point, you can either leave the corms in the ground (if the soil remains relatively dry through summer) or if you wish, dig them up and store them in a warm dry place and replant in the fall.