📅 When to plant Crocus bulbs
Crocus bulbs are best planted in the fall, approximately 6 to 8 weeks before the first hard frost is expected in your region. This timing allows the bulbs to establish strong roots before the harsh winter sets in. Planting in well-drained soil and providing ample sunlight will ensure healthy growth and vibrant blooms come spring.
📦 Storing your Crocus bulbs
If you are unable to plant your bulbs immediately upon receipt, store them in a cool, dry, and dark place. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Keeping them in a paper bag with some ventilation will help prevent mold formation. Check the bulbs occasionally to ensure they remain firm and healthy.
🌿 Preparing your garden for planting Crocus bulbs
Prepare the planting area by removing weeds and debris. Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches and mix in some compost to improve drainage and fertility. Crocus bulbs thrive in well-draining soil, and it's essential to choose a spot that receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily.
🌱 How to plant your Crocus bulbs
Choose a well-draining location with partial to full sun. Plant the bulbs with the pointed ends facing upwards, approximately 3 to 4 inches deep, and space them about 3 to 4 inches apart. After placing the bulbs, cover them with soil and gently pat it down. Water the area thoroughly after planting to help the bulbs settle in.
💧 Watering & caring tips
Once the bulbs are planted, water the area lightly. During the fall, they usually don't require much additional watering as the rain should suffice. However, if your area experiences a dry spell, provide some supplemental watering. In spring, as the foliage emerges, water regularly to support healthy growth. Avoid overwatering, as Crocus bulbs are susceptible to rot in waterlogged soil.
🌸 How to keep your Crocus blooming
After the blooming season, deadhead the spent flowers, so the plant can focus its energy on storing nutrients in the bulb. Allow the foliage to die back naturally before cutting it back. The leaves are essential for the bulb's energy production. You can plant other perennial plants nearby that will grow and hide the fading foliage, maintaining an aesthetically pleasing garden.