How to Transplant Crocosmia Lucifer

Overview

Crocosmia Lucifer blooms in mid-summer with sprays for bright red flowers borne on thin sturdy stems. It grows to a height of up to 40 inches. Crocosmia Lucifer grows from a bulb-like structure called a corm. It will naturalize or multiply rapidly in USDA Hardiness zones 6 through 7 if protected with mulch in the winter and zones 8 through 10 if unprotected. The leaves of the Crocosmia Lucifer are sword-like and similar to the leaves of a gladiola. The leaves must be allowed to decline so the corm can store energy for the next growth cycle.

Step 1

Find well-drained location that receives at least six hours of sun daily to transplant the Crocosmia Lucifer corms in early spring.

Step 2

Dig into the area where the Crocosmia Lucifer corms are located with a shovel. Dig 6 to 8 inches from where the corms should be located to prevent damaging or cutting them. Begin digging by gloved hands when the soil is loosened.

Step 3

Place the corms in a dry bucket with a small amount of soil over them to help keep in moisture. Don't add water to the corms while they are in the bucket.

Step 4

Clear the new planting area of all weeds. Cover the planting area with 1 inch or more of compost. Work the compost gently into the top 6 inches of soil with a rake or a hoe. Rake the new planting area smooth.

Step 5

Plant the transplanted corms 4 to 6 inches deep, counting from the bottom of the corm, and 4 inches apart. Cover the newly planted corms with soil and compost mixture. Keep soil damp but not wet until the leaves appear later in the spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Crocosmia corms will rot if planted in heavy clay soil that holds water.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Compost
  • Crocosmia corms
  • Dry bucket
  • Rake

References

  • Paul Parent: Plants that grow from Bulbs
  • North Carolina State University: Crocosmia Hybrids
  • Washington State University: Crocosmia
  • USDA: Plant Hardiness Zone Map
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.