Mixed Crocus

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BACK IN STOCK AUGUST 2020

  • A hand picked selection of our individually coloured crocus
  • After a long and cold winter, crocus flowers are a welcome sight and a sign that spring is truly on its way
  • Plant the bulbs in the autumn either in borders, beds and containers or naturalised in grass
  • Flowering Height: 15cm

 

Planting Your Crocus

  • Before the ground freezes in the autumn, crocus bulbs can be planted almost anywhere.
  • Ideally, plant crocus corms 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 16°C. This is usually during September and November.
  • Make sure the soil drains well, crocus bulbs can rot in soggy ground.
  • Before planting, work in organic matter such as compost, peat, or something like shredded leaves to a depth of at least 6 inches.
  • Plant crocus corms 3 to 4 inches deep (with the pointy end up). After planting, water well.
  • Consider planting crocuses in lawns and meadows where they can form carpets, or mass them in the front of flower beds along the edge.

Care

  • Apply a balanced fertilizer in early autumn, spring can be short and the days heat up fast.
  • Through the autumn, keep crocus beds watered if weather gets dry, but do not waterlog the soil.
  • If you have crocuses growing in your lawn in mid-Spring, don’t mow until their leaves have died down, they need their foliage to photosynthesise energy back into the bulb.

Pests/Diseases

  • Mice, voles, and squirrels may feed on the your crocus. If they are a problem, consider planting crocuses in buried wire cages.
  • Birds sometimes pick off the flowers.
  • Corms in storage are prone to rot and mould if kept too moist.

 

Recommended Varietes

Crocous chrysanthus 

Blooming well before the fat Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus), Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus) pokes through the bare earth or snow to cheer gardeners and capture their heart. This crocus produces smaller flowers than those of the familiar 'Dutch crocuses' but in greater numbers. This species is also noteworthy for its unusual color blends, not found in the larger hybrids. Many cultivars have bicolored petals and a striking yellow center. They make the most dramatic appearance when planted in clumps of one color and bloom so profusely and brilliantly that even small clusters can be seen from a distance.

Crocus sieberi

Vigorous, Crocus sieberi is a late winter-flowering crocus producing its charming flowers as the snow melts. Regarded by some as one of the most attractive crocuses, it is very hardy and ridiculously easy to grow, making long-lived clumps. Easily established, this crocus increases nicely over time, providing attractive splashes of color, like scattered gemstones sparkling on the ground!

Crocus tommansinianus

Among the earliest to flower, this species has elegant blossoms of pale lavender to red-purple with a silvery reverse. The profuse flowering and spontaneous self-propagation makes this crocus a very good choice for naturalizing. Blooming from late winter to early spring, the calyx-shaped flowers open when the sun shines or when there is a lot of light; they close up in rainy weather and at night.

Crocus vernus

One of the most popular species, Crocus vernus is an early spring blooming bulb that is widely grown in gardens or used for winter forcing. Its flowers are larger than any other of the crocuses, hence its common names of large flowering crocus or giant crocus. They range from yellow, white and purple to striped or bronze and bloom for about three weeks. The calyx-shaped flowers open only when the sun shines or when there is a lot of light; they close up in rainy weather and at night.