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21/03/2014 at 17:58

Why are our crocosmia not flowering we have divided them up 3 years ago and have had only one flower they look healthy enough in a deep bed with the sun on them for 80% of the time soil is nuteral.


21/03/2014 at 18:20

Awkward b...  .s crocosmia, at least for me. Lots of leaves but on some, especially Lucifer, little flower power.

That wasn't much help was it but I sympathise

21/03/2014 at 18:34

Peter..........for me, .they like a shallow soil..........maybe that is the problem?

21/03/2014 at 18:39

Peter,if this is their third year since dividing they might this year flower well.  They grow everywhere here but I think sun and good drainage are important.  I would give them a generous application of fish blood and bone lightly tickled in.  Careful you don't damage new shoots

22/03/2014 at 15:30

Bit of a tangent, but why are the corms of a Crocosmia so expensive, especially when it is so prolific and spreads everywhere so easily?  They can be as much as £5 for 5 corms.  Quite shocking really.

22/03/2014 at 15:49

Tim....I could think of other similar plants that are vastly over priced.  

22/03/2014 at 16:00

Its part of the Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) family (i think) and you know how expensive that is.

22/03/2014 at 16:06

a friend's grandad told me to put tomato feed on everything for flowers-worth a try?

22/03/2014 at 16:12

20 mixed Crocosmia bulbs in Poundland for the grand sum of £1

18/02/2015 at 21:50

I have been reading about people killing their excess crocosmias with weed killer. Sounds quite barbaric really! I have dug up the bulbs ( february) and am giving them away on line at my local freecycle site ...

18/02/2015 at 22:57

Mine took over the garden. The orange variety and the lucifer. They were planted in every nook and cranny by the previous owner. I had a path I didn't know was there, completely covered by them. The corms just grew on top of the slate. They never ever saw soil and they flowered really well. I cannot stress this enough. Do not feed them anything. I'm literally digging them up by the sack load. Huge breeze block sized solid masses of corms. I have given them to just about everyone I know. Dumped sacks of them in  garden waste section of the local recycle centre. I've tried weedkiller, still they grow. I even tried burning them, but they survived the fire. I wish I was being dramatic.

19/02/2015 at 08:19

They do that here in West Dorset if you let' em.  Difficult if they get in among gladioli!!

19/02/2015 at 11:38

Mine don't flower well. I think it's because I have really good loamy soil, previous owner was a prize chrysanth grower and was very fussy over the quality of his soil.  I have a patch of lucifer that grows quite well near some conifers where the soil is poorer so I suspect that is the problem.

14/07/2015 at 01:41

Too much nitrogen causes excessive leaf growth and few to no flowers

14/07/2015 at 06:29

Lunaria isnt that ironic, I bought pots of new ones last year "in the green" dont seem to have much luck with bulbs, perhaps you could have a dig your own for free day! I put in 3 varieties, including one that likes shade, where there is a patch of the old fashioned orange montbretia type.

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