This is the second year that I planted freesia bulbs. I had a bag that had been in my gardening supplies for a year or so (I have a tendency to put things away and forget about them), so I finally decided to put them in the ground. The results were great! These are such strong-smelling flowers though, I recommend you don’t cut them to bring them indoors. They are beautiful outdoors in early spring where you can enjoy the scent and not be overwhelmed by them.
Each stem has multiple flowers on it – so the blooms continue for several days to a couple of weeks. They are hardy in zones 9 to 10 but planted as an annual in other zones. I had some come back in a container in zone 7b.
Plant the bulbs pointy side up in well-drained soil, very close to the soil surface. Freesias have very deep roots, so loose, well-drained soil is a must. Freesias do best full sun but they can tolerate a little afternoon shade. Freesias don’t tolerate hot temperatures very well, so as the weather warms up, the plants will fade.
You may want to provide supports to the flower stems to keep them from drooping. Just add twist ties along the stems to attach them a stake or twig. Plant these corms in the fall for early spring blooms.