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Growing Guides: How to grow Crocus bulbs

Growing Crocus Bulbs

Crocus bulbs throw upright, wineglass shaped flowers in beautiful shades of white, yellow, blue, lilac and purple. They originated in rocky, mountain regions of Southern Europe and are therefore quite hardy. Did you know that crocus flowers produce an edible spice? The expensive saffron spice is harvested from Crocus Sativus flowers in late fall and is used to flavor a variety of delicious recipes.

Crocuses are loved for their beautiful, cup shaped flowers and gorgeous array of colors.

Growing and Planting Crocus:

Planting crocus bulbs

1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only light shade. Also make sure that the location has fairly good drainage and does not tend to get waterlogged.

2. Planting crocus bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, with wiry roots growing out of one site and a spike on the other. Plant with the roots pointing down and the spike pointing up.

3. Follow the rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 2-3 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil.

4. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 3 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.

5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.

6. Crocus bulbs will flower in the Spring. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warmer rest period. You don't have to water too much during this rest period. Leaves will also die back and at this point, you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves or just let nature take its own course.