How to grow Crocus bulbs
The bright-coloured petals of early-blooming crocus bulbs pushing their way through hard winter ground is a welcome sight to all gardeners. These hardy little jewels are loved for their pretty, cup-shaped flowers in a wide range of vibrant colours. Plant some gorgeous crocus bulbs this Autumn and give your garden some late Winter / early Spring cheer.
Planting Crocus bulbs:
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to planting Crocus bulbs:
- Crocus bulbs are planted In Autumn, before the ground freezes. Pick a sunny spot with good drainage
- Dig a hole around 5cm deep (there is a general rule when planting bulbs and that is to give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them), drop the bulb in, and cover with soil. Make sure you place the bulb the right way up, crocus bulbs look like a little onion with a slightly pointy head and sometimes with wiry roots growing out of the underside. Plant with the pointy head / spike pointing up.
- Leave approximately 8cm between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can plant them a little more densely.
- After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
- Crocus bulbs flower in early Spring. After blooming let the plant rest for a period. The leaves will die back, and you can decide whether to tidy the plant up and remove the old leaves or just let nature take its course.
- If you have crocuses that have naturalised in grass, don’t cut the lawn until the flowers have died and the leaves have yellowed and disappeared.