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Fishy65

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 

nutcutlet

Nice well drained soil for preference Fishy

Lyn

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!

Fishy65

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.

Berghill

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.

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Orchid Lady
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
nutcutlet

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

Orchid Lady
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.
nutcutlet

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

fidgetbones

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

Orchid Lady

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

BobTheGardener

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.

Orchid Lady

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 

Lyn

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

Fishy65

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 

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BobTheGardener

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

Fleurisa

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

Keyser Soze

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!

Supernoodle

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

nutcutlet

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