Forcing Freesia and Ranunculus Bulbs Indoors
I am not completely new to forcing but I have only done paperwhites, amaryllis and some very unsuccessful crocuses. But neither of the bulbs (or variations thereof) are like the paperwhite/amaryllis variety, they are dry so I am not sure what to do with them.
I got Freesias corms for christmas and a little bag of Ranunculus bulbs for my sister, which I would like to force indoors. I've read that the R. should be soaked in warm water prior to planting and that they should be planted 1-2" deep, 5" apart. For the Freesias I've read that they can be planted 2" deep, 1" apart.
My question is: do either need pre-chilling? My apartment is pretty hot most of the time (and I don't get to control the thermostat :( ) so if they need 60 degree temperatures, would it be better to put them in the fridge for 6-8 weeks?
Any advice on planting these flowers would be appreciated!