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13/03/2014 at 08:46

A friend who lives in Huddersfield tells me the crocuses she planted in the church garden last autumn haven't come up.  She has dug them up and there doesn't appear to be any mice damage.  They aren't in a shady position, and everything else is growing normally, so I wonder what has happened to these crocuses - any ideas? 

13/03/2014 at 08:54

Do we know what type of crocuses these are? 

Edd
13/03/2014 at 09:01

Not sure if you can get later blooming variety but it might be that?

They will probably bloom fine next year. Maybe something happened to the crocus before they bought them (high temperatures)that killed off the blooms. Is there any signs of growth (leaf) or are they totally dormant?

13/03/2014 at 17:57

Birds? Sparrows particularly like the yellow ones.

13/03/2014 at 18:00

When she dug them up had they put down a root system?

13/03/2014 at 18:02

Swiss Sue............the sparrows won't damage the bulbs but I agree about the flowers...no sooner out and...............pecked to bits.  Same as primroses...........they really do seem to like them

14/03/2014 at 11:03

Are you sure she didn't plant pickled onions?

Sorry, couldn't resist that one! It is such a shame though, the waiting and expectation is bad enough without having them fail.

I hope she was rewarded with some other spring beauties instead.

14/03/2014 at 12:09

Squirrels will dig them up and take them but if the bulbs are all there, it rules that out. Some of the birds have had a nibble at a few of my cream ones, but it's the yellows they're particularly fond of. If they haven't flowered though, it also rules that out. They're normally pretty forgiving of conditions. Is they're something unsuitable in the area they're planted like a bog for instance? Or are they planted too deeply?

Or were they Autumn crocus perhaps - Colchicum (naked ladies)- and not the usual spring flowering ones?

KEF
14/03/2014 at 12:25

Fairy you've done it now, it will be Colchicum fever

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