The Different Types Of Crocus Plants
Wild Crocus napolitanus
In the spring, two common varieties are available for you to choose for planting your lawn and garden:
Crocus Species - Provides for a variety of unusual coloration to
give your garden a new colorful look. Blooms the earliest and signals
the start for
spring for other flowers to follow.
Crocus Hybrids - Most common and provides larger flower petals
for increased size look. Known as selections of Crocus vernus, or 'Dutch
bloom later than the Species Crocus, but prolong the flower season when
both types are combined.
The autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) often gets mixed up with
the real crocus. This plant is highly toxic and contains colchicin which
is used as
a medicinal drug.
Photo: Dandelion And Burdock
The saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) is another fall crocus with lavender purple flowers. This autumn crocus produces the expensive spice saffron.
Growing saffron crocus is easy and can be done in the ground or in containers.
When To Plant Crocus Flowers
The crocus bulbs that bloom in the fall usually ship in late summer for
planting before fall comes. The flowers appear on a 3 to 5 inch stem in a
goblet like shape. The Saffron Crocus is a great fall choice for the
color and spices offered. For spring crocus types, they are usually
planted in the
fall before spring comes.
In order for crocus planting to be effective, you need to plant a larger
number of crocus bulbs. This will be successful for long-term growth
comes back better every year.
Just imagine thousands of colorful crocuses blooming on your lawn or garden. In addition, crocuses are hardy little
bulbs that can be grown in pots easily indoors.
How to plant crocus in your garden or lawn:
1.Choose many varieties in different colors, shapes, and bloom times
to provide for a natural look. Several mixtures or packages of multiple
different species and types are available to buy on line in large
quantities for a rich diversity of colors.
2.Select a sunny location and prepare the soil. Dig trenches 3
inches deep and put the bulbs 3 inches apart in there. Toss on some
3.Be sure to have the root side down with the bottom resting firmly in the trench.
4.Cover the bulbs up with the rest of prepared soil and water thoroughly.
For many people, crocus makes a wonderful welcome to their gardens in
early spring to remind them of the upcoming warm weather. The crocus
signals a following of many other flowers to blossom as spring arrives.
Crocuses work great when installed in rock gardens. They can also be installed on your
lawn around trees, borders, or dirt beds. In some areas when
there's snow still on the ground, it's a relief see the crocuses blooming before anything else.
If you've never had the pleasure of growing crocuses in your garden,
consider planting some bulbs this fall for a pleasant surprise in
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