Freesia : Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)
The plants we all know as Freesias originate from a cross made between two species at Kew Gardens in 1898. The best way to grow them is by planting the corms5-8 cm (2-3 in) apart and 2.5 cm (1 in) under the surface in loam-basedin September. Initially they should be kept in a cold frame until they begin to shoot. If it becomes extremely cold they should be moved inside but otherwise covering the frame lights with hessian or other insulation should be sufficient. They should also be given as much air as possible. The next important thing is to get stakes or twigs in them in good time before they have a chance to flop which will do them no good at all. After flowering it is important to look after them well as far as watering and feeding them goes, as this is your investment towards next year’s flowers. Move them outside during summer and withhold water when they begin to die down. From this time until they are started again they should be kept dry but in a light position. Smaller corms which come off the plants at potting time can be potted separately and grown on until flowering size. Seed which has been soaked for 24 hours can be sown at 10-15°C (50-60°F).