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If you look very carefully at the corms, you should see a small lump (bit like a tine volcanic cone) in the centre ish of one side. That is the top of the corm. Not that it really matters, I more often than not plant them on their sides. Won't have many this year, seomething has dug the up and eaten them and they were beginning to make neice, self seeding clumps too.

mary beecroft

thanks shall see if I can see what you are saying mary


I grew Anemone de Caen in ordinary potting compost in a large planter. The first year they were super. Then they started disappearing and I thought perhaps they were shortlived or not that hardy. Then I saw mice stealing the corms! Berghill says something dug up and ate his (or should it be hers?) so perhaps he had the same problem.

Wow! I only came on here to find out "which way up" and I feel like I have entered a war zone! Chill out folks we are all in this together (no, not the Dave type the learner gardener type) Back to my question which is the right way up? I have what looks like "legs" and also a "hump" I am guessing the legs were originally  growth but then they could also be a sort of root grabbing into the earth? Thanks to everybody for what I have picked up so far and from what I have read I am going to try a few in pots, some as a border in a raised bed. Normal compost with a bit of bone meal. I will report back in May next year with results, just ion case there is somebody trying to find out "which way up" and when to plant. BFN

I came on here for information but will not be coming here again. How immature some people are. 


Came to this site for information and am thinking was it a bad move.  I see better behaviour at the local school.  Childish! 


Merry Christmas Siggiewi. I hope you have a pleasant time

Les Marshall2

Reading several items on the correct way ' up' to plant amenome, the specialist say plant them on their side, which l would suggest it doesn't really matter which way they are planted, so just 'throw' them and look forward to them growing, happy gardening.

I really like Anemone de Caen but I have very little success with buying packs of dry corms...........maybe one or two will come up but the majority never appear.  I never thought to soak them beforehand tho so that could be my fault

Regarding the "right way up", with some stuff it can be a bit difficult to tell...........I usually hedge my bets if it is not terribly obvious and plant on their side  I liked the previous description of little "legs" and "humps" - tiny dried Camels perhaps.

As to looking for gaps in pots, that is excellent advice......more than once I have found some poor little bulbs trying to get out of the bottom of a pot

gardenning granny

my success rate is also not brilliant - soaking - planting on side - and a lot of hoping for the best, but having said that mine are in flower right now and a bright splash of lurid pink and deep purple makes it all worth while.  my only question would be how deep to plant - I suspect it is far deeper that you would expect.

I have found reading this thread highly amusing!  People get so het up about their gardening, don't they? 

I live in Norfolk about 4 miles from the sea as the crow flies. I have been trying to grow anenome de caen for about 10 years with varying results. Last year I planted corms in groups in an open border around the patio which is west facing and they have been fantastic. In fact they have been flowering right through the winter (I know it has been a mild one! But very wet). As my patio is about 2 feet lower than the surrounding garden, the border is very free draining. In previous years I have tried growing them in sheltered borders and in heavier clay soil. They would come up and flower the first year and then disappear. Last year was going to be my last attempt! I have bought some more this year to try in another border, which is East facing. Fingers Crossed! 

Most of the clay has now been broken up so is not so heavy. I work in spent compost from hanging baskets, which has helped.


Hello Dragonfly, you must have a good sense of humour  

For the last 2 years an anemone de Caen has suddenly appeared in a new bed I'd dug and put lots of compost in. I wonder if it was one of the ones the mice stole and a mouse dropped it. I hadn't planted it!

gardenning granny

reminds me of a bag of compost in my reenhouse one year which seemed to be full of crocus bulbs - as fast as I| removed them more appeared.  I decided it was a zealous mmouse or squirrel lifting them from somewhere and storing them for the winter....

I bought an AdeC in flower yesterday - first time of trying these.  It will go in a pot as I don't have ground soil in my little yard.  

I was interested in the debate/argument about zones as there clearly is a difference across the UK and a difference between plants in the ground and plants in pots.  The information is relevant to those who know what it means!

on the other hand the comment "Anemone de Caen are super easy to plant." Is totally meaningless - you could 'plant' anything you liked - doesn't mean you can get it to grow!  Now what did I do with all those £20 notes????

My Anemone de Caen have been with me for a few years and always seem to do well. They've been flowering all winter, and are now pretty much flowered out. I want to move them to another part of the garden, and my question is ...when's the best time? Can I do it now or should I leave them until the foliage disappears? I live in South Norfolk. 



Hi Veronica, with the vast majority of bulbs and corms, it's best to wait until the foliage has died back - once it goes yellow, it is no longer feeding the bulb.  Having said that, if you can remove a whole clump, soil and all, they usually do just fine even when they have leaves, as long as you water them well in their new home. 

Thanks Bob, that's helpful. 

I live in the Scottish Borders very close to the North Sea. We had no frost at all last year and last year's annuals in pots are still with me. I bought the Gardeners World special free bulb offer and it has just arrived. I came to look on here for when to plant my Anemone de Caen corms, but I am not sure I have an answer. It will be a sheltered site which gets a lot of sun, I plan to put my dutch iris and Muscari armiacum in there too, and put the chionodoxa in a border for company where I found one feeble example cowering last year. So big question.. CAN I PLANT THEM ALL NOW? or is there special times for each?

If they are the usual dried up corms, pot them up now and see if they come to anything.  If they look lively come Spring, plant them out


I soaked my anemones before planting - I think that's the usual advice from bulb companies anyway. All the bulbs mentioned can be put in now.