The Ultimate Guide to Properly Storing Freesia Bulbs

Freesia bulbs are beautiful flowers that add charm and fragrance to any garden or home. These bulbs, however, require proper storage to ensure their longevity and health. Storing freesia bulbs is not a difficult task, but it requires some attention and care.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to store freesia bulbs correctly so that they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Why Store Freesia Bulbs?

Freesias are typically grown as annuals in colder climates. However, they can be stored during the winter months for replanting in the springtime. This process is called overwintering.

Overwintering allows you to preserve your favorite freesias types from year-to-year without having to purchase new ones each season.

It also gives you control over when and where you plant your freesias before growing conditions become ideal again in the springtime.

When To Store Freesia Bulbs

The best time of year for storing freesia bulbs depends on where you live and when your local climate begins cooling down. Generally speaking, before winter’s onset –– sometime between October through December –– is an excellent time for storing most bulb varieties.

Keep an eye out for frost warnings too as freezing temperatures can damage or kill your stored bulbs outdoors if left unprotected.

Dig Up Your Freesias After Blooming

Once your blooms have faded away towards late summer/early fall seasons (which takes about 10 weeks) And after the foliage has died back naturally (turned yellow), its usually time dig up those healthy looking tubers.
Be mindful not damaging them while digging around with a pitchfork or spade

Clean & Dry The Tubers

Separate individual bulbs by gently pulling them apart at their base then cut off the remaining stem close to each bulb.
Make sure you discard any tubers that are soft, moldy or show signs of rot.
Once bulbs have been separated from each other, gently brush off any excess soil then allow them to air dry for 24-48 hours in a dark and cool place with some ventilation to prevent fungus growth.

Storage Containers & Location

When your freesia bulbs are completely dry, choose a storage container like paper bags (not plastic) or mesh bags if possible which allows good airflow around the stored tubers.
If desired sprinkle talcum powder over them (to prevent moisture). Label each bag as well so you can easily identify their contents when it’s time for replanting.

Store your labeled container(s) in a cool, dark and dry location like an unheated basement or garage –– somewhere with temperatures between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Note not all climates will allow this though due to temperature fluctuations throughout winter.

Conclusion

Storing freesia bulbs is an easy process that requires just a little bit of attention and care. By following these simple steps discussed above, you can preserve your favorite freesias year after year without having to buy new ones every season.

Remember; dig up those healthy-looking tubers once flowering has ceased and foliage has died back naturally; clean & dry them off before storing away in labelled paper/mesh bags then store containers at cool places such as an unheated basement/garage where there is no risk of frost damage etc during dormant period until next bloom season!

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