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How to Grow Crocus


Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Well-drained

Flowering Period – Autumn or spring

Hardiness –  Hardy

About Crocus

Crocus are either true bulbs or corms with long linear leaves fashioning an attractive, shimmering stripe of silver. Large and sometimes scented goblet-shaped blooms provide subtle yet stunning colour, making the perfect addition to the front of a border, container or for naturalising into larger blankets of floral colour during late autumn and early spring. You should expect to see Crocus grow to an approximate height and spread of 15cm (6”).

How to plant Crocus

Crocus will thrive in well-drained soil of chalk, loam, sand and clay within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. The best planting time for Crocus is during late summer or early autumn where you should dig a hole that is 5cm (2”) in depth and width to ensure that there is plenty of space for the roots to develop. It should be planted in a position of full sun or part shade where it will thrive to optimum effect.

How to care for Crocus

Crocus should be watered thoroughly as young plants and during periods of dry weather, although they will lie dormant in summer, surviving drier soils during this time. If there is little moisture in the winter, they will need to be watered and the soil kept moist. Crocus do not require a large amount of fertiliser as they store energy in their corms and bulbs. You should not cut back plants until they naturally start to turn yellow. An application of bulb food or bone meal at the beginning of autumn will suffice to ensure healthy growth for the flowering period.

How to propagate Crocus

It is possible to propagate Crocus by removing the cormlets when the plant is dormant or by the division of clumps.

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