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25/08/2014 at 20:31

Bought a bag of 25 Crocus bulbs from Home Bargains today for 99p. They are a flower I've never had and wanted some colour for that very beginning of spring having only got Snowdrops right now. I'm assuming they are a simple 'shove them in the ground and wait' kind of bulb? Any special considerations? Looking forward to next spring already 

25/08/2014 at 20:44

Nice well drained soil for preference Fishy

25/08/2014 at 20:50

Put them close together because they are tiny, I grow them in window boxes. But put them in the ground close and they will be fine. Put them close to the house so you can see them, you dont want to go out in the snow go see them!

25/08/2014 at 20:59

Nut and Lyn - many thanks. I think I have just the spot  I've wanted some for a while now,every time I walk past other people's gardens in late winter/early spring.

25/08/2014 at 21:35

Wish we could grow them, I love Crocus. In our previous garden I had thousands and a lot of the species too, expensive some of them. Here? Mouse fodder!. Plant them and then in Spring you find a tuft of leaves, but no corm underneath. Lost almost all the  ones we have ever planted, except C thomasinianus which breeds rapidly and just about keeps up with the mice.

And yes I have tried planting them in baskets and all the other suggestions too, no difference, they get eaten.

25/08/2014 at 21:55
I have mine in pots Fishy, planted closer together than it says on the planting instructions. I have them with daffs and tulips so I get flowers for a good couple of months and the pots are currently in the 'nursery' area waiting to bring out again in spring
25/08/2014 at 22:08

I think I shall get some for pots this year, I lose mine. I may weed them out or lose them to mice and voles but they never multiply except for the tomasinianus in the lawn, They're safe but don't multiply much

25/08/2014 at 22:14
Ah yes, nut has reminded me, that's another good point.....if you put them in the ground make sure you mark where, I have already dug up several snowdrop and daffy bulbs.....oopsy!!

I love my spring pots, only did them for the first time last year.
25/08/2014 at 22:22

I think I'll have some in my newly cleaned out GH  which doubles as a conservatory. 

25/08/2014 at 22:27

Squirrels eat mine. Next door neighbour planted 1000 all the way up his drive. 2 came up. I'll stick to snowdrops.

25/08/2014 at 22:28

I hadn't even thought about putting them indoors, I've just ordered some so may well do an indoor pot 

25/08/2014 at 22:58

They do well in planters.  This taken in early March this year:

How many will come up again next year is a good question though!

I think I'll order another mixture and plant them anyway - can't have too many but if only a few of the ones I planted last autumn reappear it'll be a disappointment and also be too late to do anything about it.

25/08/2014 at 23:03

Do crocuses not come up every year, like daffs and snowdrops, or are they like tulips and possibly only have a short life?  I'd not thought about that 

25/08/2014 at 23:25

They come up every year like daffs, if they dont get eaten. I have some that have been here for years, they multiply.

25/08/2014 at 23:58

Many thanks indeed everyone for your very kind responses and invaluable advice. I'll have to decide on container planting or in the ground. Perhaps both? I'm hoping the presence of two dogs might put off voles and squirrels but that might be a little optimistic when the squirrels run along my fence regardless. I didn't realise crocuses were quite so palatable 

26/08/2014 at 00:17

Many of them aren't as reliable as one would wish.

26/08/2014 at 11:04

You can grow them through chicken wire, small holed so that mice or squirrels can't get at them

26/08/2014 at 21:08

We planted ours by drilling the lawn!

We just threw them in drifts for the natural look and then using a cordless drill and a 25mm wood auger bit drilled a hole where they landed. As Mike said double their depth to size of bulb.

The holes were top dressed with a mixture of compost and sharp sand which was brushed in. A scattering of grass seed afterwards to cover.

It's not as time consuming as it sounds and the crocuses have come up year after year without fail.

We did get some funny looks from the neighbours though when doing the drilling!

26/08/2014 at 21:12

Drilled the lawn???!!! That's hilarious!  How on earth did you come up with that one?!

26/08/2014 at 21:18

Sounds a good plan KS. I didn't use a drill but the crocuses planted in narrow holes in the lawn are the ones that are still there


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