Crocus flowers bloom in early spring, very often providing a first showing of their flowers through the snow.
That is one reason why they are so popular among flower lovers. It is an extremely pleasant sight to see these yellow, gold, orange, white, pink, purple and blue flowers after a long winter break. Crocuses are so beautiful and ornamental, and of course, once you see these first flowers you know that spring is on its way!
Planting Crocus Flowers
You should plant Crocus in areas that have indirect sunlight. That means it should be bright enough for the plant to absorb light, but at the same time the location should not be exposed to the heat of the sun which would definitely result in dry soil.
It is not recommended to plant Crocus on the northern side of a building.
Crocuses are bulb plants and it is therefore important to remember to put bulbs into holes in the soil that are twice the depth of the length of the bulbs.
Crocus flowers are grown in full sun to part sun and will reach 2 to 3 inches tall.
The soil needs to be well drained but at the same time moist enough to supply enough water to the roots of the plant.
If the soil isn’t well drained, it is advisable to mix with a small quantity of sand to improve drainage.
After a few years soil can lose nutrients which are absolutely necessary for successful plant growth. You could move Crocus bulbs every two or three years or feed the soil to improve it.
Taking Care of Crocuses
Crocus plants should be watered in dry weather because dry soil will cause them to wilt. Make sure you keep the soil wet during the spring and summer months. In autumn it is recommended to reduce watering so the soil remains moist but not too wet.
Crocus flowers are attractive to all sorts of unwanted insects and pests which can damage different parts of the plants, including the leaves and flowers.
Among the most common pests to protect Crocus from are mealy bugs, scales, white flies and mites. Fortunately it is comparatively easy to get rid of these pests using warm soapy water to wash the leaves on both sides. If necessary, do it a few times until there is no sign of unwanted insects.
Crocus is a toxic plant, keep them out of the reach of children, or ensure your children are properly instructed.
Varieties of Crocus
Here are a few named varieties for you to look into to see if they are suitable for your garden.
- Autumn Crocus – Blue
- Autumn Crocus – Gold
- Crocus – Fall Flowering – Lilac
- Crocus – Fall Flowering – Rose
- Crocus – Fall Flowering – Saffron
- Crocus – Fall Flowering – White
- Crocus – Giant – Flower Record
- Crocus – Giant – Jeanne D’Arc
- Crocus – Giant – Mixed Colors
- Crocus – Giant – Pickwick
- Crocus – Giant – Vanguard
- Crocus – Giant – Yellow
- Crocus – Dorothy
- Crocus – Firefly