The large, floppy foliage grows in spring and dies back in the summer Certainly if you plant them in a lawn or tidy your plant bed by mowing or cutting off the foliage, you are not helping the crocuses; they need the foliage to thrive. For the best results with this plant, pick a site that gets plenty of direct sunlight and has a well-drained sandy, loamy soil. These bulbs will produce stronger plants with more flowers. Most forced bulbs can be planted and naturalized into an environment. You may want to move your containers seasonally to accommodate this. You might consider some of the key differences between your property and that of your neighbors. Crocus tommasinianus seems to be highly reliable—and squirrel resistant. Colchicum ‘Waterlily’ – has double pink-purple flowers that look similar to water lilies, hence the name. Many have strong perfumes that lure bees out of their hives in February or March. Although many people call them bulbs, crocuses actually have corms. Crocus species and cultivars are mostly very hardy and are easily grown plants that are particularly well suited to rockery planting. Sort of my retirement hobby. Of the three most popular varieties – snow (Crocus chrysanthus), Dutch (C. vernus), and saffron (C. sativus) – two are vernal and one is autumnal, so planting times differ, and vary according to your USDA Hardiness Zone.. You can find out more about growing crocus in our complete guide, but in this article, we’ll be focusing on when to plant this hardy member of the iris family. Find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: Keep up to date with all that's happening in and around the garden. A rock garden or herb garden is a great site to plant them, and small perennials that grow in such places make good plant companions. They are solid inside like a potato if you cut them open, and they have a papery outer covering which is called a tunic. Crocuses do not like too much water (was your compost/peat moss mix retaining it?). Submitted by Val on November 17, 2018 - 11:47pm. Crocuses are small corms, so they dry out faster than large bulbs. I have a nice bed of fall crocus, planted in small clusters, 8 - 10 clusters in a 3' X 7' space. The plant produces grass-like leaves, and from one to six small, wine-glass shaped flowers in solid colors, stripes or bi-colored. Tip: Dig up the crocuses before you remove any of their foliage, as it will be easier to see where—and how many—there are. There may be other factors but these are relatively common ones. Reticulated Iris (Iris reticulata) Zones: 4 to 9. P.S. 2. These bulbs need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. Buy shade loving plants: Delivery by Crocus We use cookies to provide you with a better service and experience. Plant them in the open rather than the shade (unless you live in the South) because crocuses like plenty of sunshine. The trees help keep the soil drier and the lawn thinner, both of which are advantageous for the crocus. High nitrogen fertilizer encourages leaf production at the expense of all else. Here are some good tips on this topic! So do crocuses spread underground? If you live in a warmer climate simply keep your bulbs in the refrigerator until late winter and then plant them out as annuals. Vendors ship in the fall and the bulbs should be planted on receipt. Is the area dry? As we indicate above, Ideally, plant crocus corms 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 60°F(16°C). Yes, you can plant crocuses in a grassy lawn for a more natural look. Growing Tips. Is it possible to grow healthy saffron crocus on the gulf side of Florida 60 miles north of Tampa? Where To Plant Saffron Crocus Bulbs Plant in well-draining soil in sun to part shade. Thanks, Joy I live in the south east of England and our crocuses finished blooming a few weeks ago but the foliage shows no sign of dying back. I do not plan to dig them up at all and leave them. Other bulbs are equally problematic except for hyacinths. Submitted by j on April 18, 2017 - 9:44am, Can I get saffron from crocus I've been told of a thing called dutch saffron what is it, Submitted by The Editors on April 19, 2017 - 5:06pm. I was given a pot of about 5 crocus in a pot.The friend who gave then said she had forgotten them in her car for about an hour (about -15 C weather..Feb Zone 4 Canada) and the it was not flowering yet.Some of the leaves look good.What should I do? –Oscar Wilde, Submitted by Peter on September 28, 2020 - 3:08pm. Should established crocus be divided / thinned in the fall? Submitted by The Editors on January 9, 2018 - 10:14am. Will mowing affect the plants ( you mentioned that the bulbs need foliage to collect enough food for next year ). Submitted by The Editors on November 8, 2016 - 10:59am. It will find its way. This Spring they are looking great but a very tight bunch.Thank you. I would like to give a more wild and natural look to my garden and plant crocuses amids the grass. They will fail to grow in hot climates. Whether you choose to plant these shade lovers alone or with companion bulbs, you are sure to be blessed with tons of style, colour and beauty year after year. Avoid heavy clay. Consider planting crocuses in lawns and meadows where they can form carpets, or mass them in the front of flower beds along the edge. Bloom Time: Early Spring. The lower growing varieties, such as the edible saffron crocus, will flower in part shade, but to a lesser degree. Some folks have best luck with little sunlight, water, or nutrients. The MoBot Crocus Lawn is planted in the bright shade of mature, deciduous trees. P.P.S. I have some blooming now in February, but they're all yellow... Do yellow crocus bloom first or can soil impact color? Make sure the bulbs will receive sun during bloom time. If you can’t decipher which end should go up, plant the corm sideways. If I naturalize crocus in my lawn can I still use lawn fertilizer and weed killers? Crocus bulbs (technically called “corms”) not only provide winter garden color, but they naturalize, meaning that they spread and come back year after year—with minimum care—for an ever-larger display. Did you fertilize your corms when you planted them, only to find that they’re not … Please help? The crocuses  will have a chance to use the extra nutrients to produce bigger carbohydrate stores. Submitted by Laura on April 27, 2019 - 11:49am. At this point in time, they have finished storing energy for next year’s bloom. This is usually during September and October in the North, and October and November in the South. A sprout comes peeking through the ground and a few days latter I have a cluster of beautiful lilac colored crocus about 4 inches tall. Fall is the time to plant your Saffron Crocus bulbs, and it's also the time when you can expect to see the first bloom on this perennial flower. A carpet of crocuses makes for a wonderful spring sight! How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Crocuses. Zebra cactus has shallow roots. Most crocus varieties need to be planted in a sunny, open position. That’s the suggestion of this study of bulbs for Kentucky gardeners: http://www.uky.edu/hort/sites/www.uky.edu.hort/files/documents/5204sprin... see the chart on page 3, and not the March dates at the top. Dig the site you’ve chosen and loosen the soil. Choose a planting site where there is well-draining soil; bulbs will rot in soggy, compacted ground. Avoid heavy clay … You, Submitted by Moe on March 1, 2018 - 3:45pm, It says above to “water well after planting” but I wanted to ask how much to water on a weekly basis. (More bulb-planting tips.) By the time the trees are fully leafed out, the foliage is fading. Dutch saffron refers to a company that sells these bulbs from Holland. Plant corms 1.5 inches deep in their plant containers. Submitted by The Editors on November 8, 2016 - 10:38am, G’day, mate! And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire In the language of flowers, crocus means cheerfulness. Submitted by Shelagh Toews on February 17, 2020 - 9:14am. See above (or below in another question) for guidance on what to do with it after the bloom fades, as you wait for the cold weather of early winter to plant it. What about soil ph? Submitted by The Editors on February 13, 2018 - 2:58pm. They’re good to go under deciduous trees, where they’ll get enough sunlight before most trees have fully leafed out. It tolerates drought, but you should keep it moist during the growing season. Thank. It will not grow in full shade. Plant the corms with the pointed side up. If you're looking to learn how to plant crocus flowers, you've come to the right place - we'll show you how to plant, grow, and care … Hyacinths, tulips, crocuses, daffodils and other narcissi are normally grown in ceramic bowls with no drainage. Certain species, such as Crocus gargaricus, need moist but well-drained soil and will grow in partial shade too. If they are growing well for you, enjoy them. Ideally, plant crocus corms 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected and when the soil temperature is … BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter! At that location, you are just outside of the recommended planting range for Crocus (see the USDA Planting Zones), but it may be worthwhile trying a few bulbs in a cool spot on your property anyway. Dig holes and plant the crocus bulbs 3-4" deep and 2-3" apart. One of the first blooms to appear in Spring; Cyclamen are one of the few plants that can tackle almost any challenging areas in the garden. Submitted by The Editors on February 6, 2018 - 9:04am. Try combining the above selections with other varieties, such as Crocus, Wood Anemones, Corydalis, Early Snow Glories or Trilliums, among others. Don’t worry too much about which side is up during crocus flower care and planting; crocuses have contractile roots, which just means they will adjust their position downward if they feel the need. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. As a last resort—or best next step—you might ask your neighbors what type they have and what their “secret” to success is. Crocuses are an early bloomer, and since the foliage only lasts a few weeks after the flowers fade, mowing shouldn’t be an issue. You should use soil-based potting compost containing a balanced mix of nutrients for those bulbs you plan to grow and keep indoors. 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