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The Crocus is a beautiful flower that has been around for centuries. There are many different types of Crocuses, and each one requires a different level of care. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide to caring for the Crocus.
When to water it, what soil it needs, when to plant it, when to repot it… We’ll cover everything you need to know in order to keep your Crocus healthy and blooming!
The Crocus is a beautiful plant that can add a splash of color to any garden. They are perennial plants, which means they come back year after year. In this care guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about growing and caring for Crocuses.
When do they bloom? What soil do they need? How much water do they need? Can you plant them outside? All of your questions will be answered in this comprehensive guide!
History of Crocuses
The Crocus has been around for centuries, and there are many different stories about its origins. One legend says that the Crocus was created by a young girl who loved flowers. She mixed all of her favorite flowers together to create a new flower- the Crocus! Another story says that the Crocus was named after a Greek god named Crocus. He was the god of spring, and the Crocus flower bloomed during his festival.
Whichever story you believe, there is no doubt that the Crocus has been a popular flower for centuries!
Crocus: care guide
Caring for Crocuses
There are many different types of Crocuses, and each one requires a different level of care. In this care guide, we will focus on the most common type of Crocus- the Crocus sativus. This is the variety that is typically used for culinary purposes.
Varieties of Crocuses
There are many different varieties of Crocuses, and each one has its own unique needs. Some varieties need more water than others, and some require a specific type of soil. In this care guide, we will focus on the most common type of Crocus- the Crocus sativus.
Other varieties are:
- Saffron Crocus
- Snow Crocus
- Pickwick Crocus
- Jeanne D’arc
- Grand Maitre
- Gipsy Girl (yellow Crocus)
- Zwanenburg Bronze
- Cream Beauty
- Ard Schenk
When to water:
The Crocus should be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. However, you don’t want to over water them either!
Are Crocuses perennials?
Yes, Crocuses are perennials. They come back year after year!
How much sun do they need?
Crocuses need at least six hours of sunlight a day.
What type of soil do they need?
Crocuses should be planted in a soil that is high in organic matter. A good mixture for them would be one part potting soil to two parts compost.
When to plant:
The best time to plant Crocuses is in the fall. You can also plant them in the spring, but they may not bloom until later in the season.
When to repot:
Crocuses should be repotted when their roots start to grow out of the pot. typically, this happens every two or three years.
Can you plant Crocuses outside?
Yes, Crocuses can be planted outside. They should be planted in a sunny location where they will get at least six hours of sunlight per day.
When do they bloom?
Crocuses typically bloom in the spring. However, there are some varieties that bloom in the fall.
When to water Crocuses:
Crocuses do not need a lot of water, and should be watered only when the soil is dry.
What soil to use: Crocuses prefer well-drained soils. You can either mix your own soil or purchase a pre-mixed blend from your local garden center.
Are Crocuses edible?
Yes, the Crocus is edible. The flowers can be used to make tea, and the bulbs can be boiled and eaten like potatoes.
Which Crocus gives saffron?
The Crocus sativus is the variety of Crocus that gives saffron. This is the type of Crocus that we will focus on in this care guide.
What is a good mixture for planting Crocuses?
A good mixture for plantingCroccuses would be one part potting soil to two parts compost.
When do Crocuses typically bloom?
Crocuses usually bloom in the spring. However, there are some varieties that bloom in the fall.
Will deer eat my Crocus bulbs?
Yes, deer will eat your Crocus bulbs. We have written all about deer-resistant plants and deer-resistant bulbs in some other articles on this blog.
Can I move my blooming Crocus to another location?
Yes, you can move your blooming Crocus to another location. However, you should avoid moving them after they have bloomed.
Are Crocuses toxic?
Yes, they are toxic for your pets. Be careful when you give them a place inside your home.
Common pests and diseases:
Spider mites and aphids are the most common pests to Crocuses. They can be treated with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
Fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and Botrytis can also affect Crocuses. These diseases can be treated with fungicides.
Do Crocuses go dormant?
Yes, Crocuses will go dormant in the summer. They will stop blooming and their leaves will die back. However, they will come back again in the fall.
Ideal temperature and humidity :
Crocuses prefer cool temperatures and high humidity. The ideal temperature range for them is between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 3 to 8). Humidity levels should be above 60%.
PH for the soil:
Crocuses prefer a soil pH of between six and seven. Make sure the soil is well-drained! As for most bulbs, Crocuses don’t like wet feet!
Which animals eat the bulbs?
A lot of animals eat these bulbs: rabbits, deer, squirrels, mice and chipmunks. If you don’t want them to be eaten, use some chicken wire or combine them with daffodils (most animals don’t like them).
Autumn crocus vs spring crocus:
The two types of Crocuses are the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) and the spring crocus (Crocus vernus). The autumn crocus blooms in the fall, while the spring crocus blooms in the spring. The leaves on the autumn crocus are also different than those on the spring crocus. The leaves on the autumn crocus are more lance-shaped, while the leaves on the spring crocus are more oval-shaped.
How deep to plant Crocus bulbs:
Crocuses should be planted so that the top of the bulb is just below the surface of the soil.
Do I need to fertilize my Crocus plants?
No, you do not need to fertilize your Crocus plants. However, if you want to give them a boost, you can use a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
Can I grow Crocus hydroponically?
No, you cannot grow Crocus hydroponically. Crocuses need soil to grow in.
Other stunning spring bulbs
- Tulips care guide
- Muscari care guide
- Crocus care guide
- Narcissus care guide
- Early Spring flowers
- How to plant bulbs
The Crocus is one of my favorite flowers! They are so beautiful and come in so many different colors! I love planting them in my garden every fall!
Crocuses are a beautiful addition to any garden. With proper care, they can last for many years! Thanks for reading!
Check out our other gardening posts for more information on how to grow beautiful plants in your garden!