No greenhouse should be without the fragrance of a pot or two of freesias, even though the foliage is unattractive and plants must be supported. Corms produce terminal clusters of small trumpet-like light-blue, yellow, or creamy white blossoms at the ends of tall spikes. Plant corms in shallow bulb-pans or seed flats in a mix of three parts garden loam, one part leafmold, peatmoss or well-rotted manure. Corms, shaped like teardrops, should be planted with the pointed end up, pressed into the soil with tips just showing. Water thoroughly when planted, then sparingly until top growth is established.
Pots can be kept under the bench for a while before being brought up into full light, if space is at a premium. Freesias like a night temperature of 50 F, plenty of air circulation, and full sun except during extremely hot periods. Corms planted from August to November will provide flowers from December through March. After flowering, let foliage die off gradually, remove corms from soil and store in a cool dry place until time to replant in the fall.
Freesias can also be grown from seed, but corms are much the easier way.