How to Transplant Crocosmia

Overview

The abundant foliage and the bright delicate flowers make the crocosmia a lush addition to the garden landscape. Native to South Africa, this lily relative cannot survive extremely cold winter temperatures. The crocosmia thrives in USDA Hardiness Planting zones 6 to 10. Crocosmia grows from a corm, similar in appearance to a bulb. Transplant crocosmia any time of the year or divide out a few corms and start a new stand in another area of the garden.

Step 1

Drive a shovel into the soil 6 to 8 inches from the edge of the crocosmia stand. Pull back on the handle of the shovel until the soil and the bulbs emerge from the ground.

Step 2

Work the corms free from the soil using your hands. Lift them gently from the earth and place them a basket or bucket. Cover the corms with 2 inches of loose soil.

Step 3

Dig holes 3 to 5 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart in the new planting location. Plant crocosmia in full sun and well-draining, loamy soil.

Step 4

Put one corm in each hole and cover it with soil. Pat down the earth firmly and water until the soil is damp to a depth of 5 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Bucket or basket

References

  • Washington State University: Crocosmia
  • University of Kentucky Horticultural Department: Kentucky Garden Flowers

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
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About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.