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Question: Let the freesia bulbs bloom

Dear Editor,
I would like information on freesia and tulips bulbs.
I planted freesia bulbs that I had been given for several years, but after the leaves were born, the flower never came out.
Every year after the leaves are dried, I take the bulbs and I plant them in the dark in a dry place.
As soon as the first sprouts came out, I replaced them in a place sheltered from water and cold, but only the leaves and not the flowers were born.
As for the tulip bulbs, after having flowered, I carried out the same procedure for the freesia bulbs but this year they barely came out of the earth only one centimeter. I planted these types of bulbs in pots and placed them in an east-facing balcony.
Could you give me advice to make these bulbs even blossom?
Waiting for your reply I thank you very much
Simona Biggi

Fresia: Answer: Let the freesia bulbs bloom

Dear Simona,
I understand from your letter that the conservation methods of the bulbs are correct.
However, consider that small bulbs (ie those that come off the larger bulbs) bloom for the first time in three years. In practice, every year the bulb grows in diameter (producing only leaves in the first three years) and then blooms from the fourth year onwards.
This could be the reason why your tulips do not bloom.
The larger bulbs, however, should bloom! So it may be a problem with the land.
Some advice on the type of suitable substrate can be found in the "Bulbs" section.
In addition, I advise you to plant the bulbs in November (without waiting for the first shoots to be born), placing them in well-drained soils where they can receive rainwater. In this way, in fact, they will be able to develop the root system before the summer season comes. Consider that the bulb, sensing the cold, blocks all its activity (for which there is no danger that it freezes).
Let us know.