How to Grow and Care for Crocus Flower

Crocus bulbs technically referred to as corms, are perennial spring flowers that spread in your garden.

These flowers bless your landscape with an early season of delight, and they come back year after year with the least amount of effort.

Don’t miss out on the early spring cheer and follow these steps to grow and care for your new beautiful crocus bulbs. 

Prepare to Plant Crocus Flower:

You will need to plan and arrange the necessary circumstances to plant your crocus flowers. You can purchase the plants in early autumn and plant them when temperatures go below 60 F. (16 C.) before the first frost.

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You should buy your crocus from a garden center or nursery for high-quality bulbs, and consult your store associate for the right type of crocus that will best fit the aesthetics of your garden.

Choose a planting location that is open and receives plenty of sunshine; and in order to avoid the rotting of your bulbs, you will need to choose a planting location where the soil drains well.  You may need to plant your crocuses in pots outdoors for better drainage.

Growing Crocus:

Prepare your soil by working some organic matter on top of your planting surface, this will enrich your soil and help your crocus thrive.

Choose your favorite color of crocus, then dig holes and plant the crocuses 3 inches (7.6 cm) and 3 inches apart. Your bulbs’ pointy end should be up, and then fill the holes loosely with dirt while patting the mound so the bulb is completely covered.

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For a unique and colorful “carpet” effect, join the planting of many crocus bulbs together, or give your garden a visual contrast by growing them in groups and planting taller flowers behind such as tulips and daffodils. 

Caring for Crocus

Now that you planted your bulbs, you will need to water them until the soil is soaked. Then, water your crocuses twice weekly or more depending on how dry the weather is.

For the fertilizer, crocuses store their own energy in their corms, so they do not need it. However, you can fertilize your buds after they flower in the spring. Make sure you reach for insights at your local garden store agent. 

Your roots will start forming in the autumn and flower buds in the early spring. You may want to cover your crocuses in the winter (Discard in early February) with loose and organic mulch to preserve their heat and moisture.

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To keep insects away, mix dish soap, cayenne pepper, and water and apply to your crocuses. To return full and healthy each year, trim the dried foliage of the plants once they start to wither. Now sit back and enjoy the different colors your garden will reveal. 

Tips and Recommendations

  • Think about planting both species crocus and giant crocus so you extend their bloom time. 
  • You may grow crocus in the lawn, but keep in mind that they naturalize and spread in the garden. 
  • Unplanted crocuses can rot when exposed to air and moisture over time. So avoid storing them for lengthened periods without planting them after the purchase. 
  • You may want to protect your crocus bulbs with a wire cage if your garden is in danger of rodents such as mice and voles. 
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