Spring Flowering Crocus
These delightful and vibrant crocus flowers are among the first to appear in the spring. Bringing a burst of colour to gardens, borders, and containers. They’ll often flower just between when the snowdrops have finished and daffodils are about to begin.
The two main types of crocus are
Large flowering crocus; flowers of 5-8cm in purple, yellow, white, striped and blue.
Species crocus; smaller flowers of 2-3cm with more complex colours and markings.
Planting Spring Flowering Crocus:
Plant crocus bulbs in late summer or early autumn, about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes.
Choose a sunny or partially shaded spot with well-draining soil.
Loosen the soil and remove any weeds. Incorporate organic matter or compost to improve drainage and fertility.
Plant the bulbs about 8cm deep and space them 5cm apart. Plant with the pointed end facing upward.
Growing Spring Flowering Crocus:
Keep the soil slightly moist during the growing season, especially in the early stages. Avoid overwatering to prevent bulb rot.
Apply a layer of organic mulch to help retain moisture and suppress weed growth.
Every 3-4 years, dig up crowded clumps after the foliage has withered. Separate the bulbs and replant them to maintain vigor and enhance flowering.
Caring for Spring Flowering Crocus:
Crocus bulbs are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, watch out for squirrels, mice, and birds that may dig up or eat the bulbs. Protective netting or wire mesh can be used to deter them.
Remove faded flowers to encourage better bulb development for the following year.
Allow the foliage to die back naturally. This allows the bulbs to store energy for next year's growth.
Spring flowering crocus bulbs are hardy and can withstand winter temperatures.
Crocus flowers are a vital source of food for bees in early spring.