How to Plant Freesia Bulbs

Mix different colors of freesia in your plantings for visual interest. image by anabela valcereanu:


Freesias bloom in a variety of colors ranging from yellow and white to many different shades of violet. Bell-shaped flowers grow along arching stems. Plant the bulbs in autumn for a riot of spring color in your garden. The small bulbs are planted horizontally, as only one plane of the bulb produces stems, while the rest produces the root system. They look best planted over large areas, such as an entire garden bed or in thick edgings along paths and buildings.

Step 1

Pick a planting area with full sun and good drainage. Build up poorly drained beds 3 inches by working compost or peat moss into the soil.

Step 2

Space bulbs 3 inches apart in circles or rows. Sow bulbs so the top is 2 inches below the soil surface. Plant with the pointed end of the bulb facing up.

Step 3

Water thoroughly after planting to encourage maximum root growth before the first freeze. Keep the soil moist but not soaking thereafter. Sprouts will begin showing above the soil in winter.

Step 4

Cover with straw mulch to maintain ground temperature through the winter. Remove mulch in spring when the weather begins to warm.

Step 5

Fertilize in autumn once the blooms begin to fade with a general purpose fertilizer or a fertilizer formulated for irises. Allow the leaves to yellow and die back naturally.

Tips and Warnings

  • Dig up bulbs after the first frost in areas where the ground is frozen for most of the winter. Store in a cool, dry place until spring planting. Freesia flowers are susceptible to damage from cigarette smoke and ethylene gas produced by some stored fruits and vegetables.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Straw mulch
  • Fertilizer


  • Easy to Grow Bulbs
  • Flower Garden Bulbs
Keywords: freesia bulbs, planting corms, bulb planting

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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