In the garden
Freesias can be planted outside from April - May. Plant the corms straight into the ground, pointy end upwards, in a well-drained spot in sun or light shade.
When the plants are up and growing, they will benefit from a potash-rich feed.
Plant six bulbs, at 1-2 in deep. Use a good quality compost with a little extra grit for drainage.
Water regularly and keep them moist (but not soaking) and shaded at all times – a cold greenhouse or conservatory is ideal.
Once the corms start to sprout, move the pots into full sunlight and keep watering. When the buds show colour, you can bring them indoors.
After flowering cut off faded blooms and continue to water and feed until the foliage begins to brown, then cease watering.
A period of at least eight weeks of growth is required to encourage offsets. If growing on for a second year the foliage needs to dry off by early July