How to Select Crocus

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Crocuses are perennial flowering bulbs. These perky flowers bloom as winter turns to spring. They are a delight for gardeners as they often poke up through winter muck and snow. The charming little flowers bloom year after year in sharp colors of purple, white and yellow. Plant crocuses to brighten your early garden.


Step 1

Make a list of garden spots to tuck in the crocus bulbs or corms. The bulbs are inexpensive and the flowers show off best planted in groups or rows. Allow room to plant them in sunny areas with well-drained soil. The bulbs bloom in cold weather but need sun for full flowering. Wet soil can rot the bulbs.

Step 2

Plant crocus borders. They bloom early and make an ideal border to mark walkways. Plant them along garden edges and as flower bed borders. Choose a single color for a uniform border. The bulbs are easy to care for and will multiply over a few years to fill the border area.

Step 3

Make a bulb garden. Plant several colors and varieties of crocus among other bulbs like daffodils and iris. The early bloomers fill the bulb area with spring color. Plant gladiolus and late-blooming iris for full season flowers.

Step 4

Use crocus to start color in annual flower beds. Crocuses are planted deeper than most annuals. When the crocuses finish blooming, plant the seasonal or annual bedding plants over the space.

Step 5

Create crocus color in shrub landscape. Plant the crocuses in clusters among shrubs and under trees. Mass the crocuses around trees and shrubs in raised beds. Add daffodils for mixed colors.

Step 6

Make a lawn design. Plant the crocus bulbs in a simple design sketched in the lawn. The flowers will come up in the design outline before mowing season. They will fade away before summer and leave the lawn undisturbed.

Step 7

Add crocuses to rock gardens and around entry steps. They bloom in snow and are spectacular at an icy step or gravel rock bed. Crocuses are show-offs in containers and window boxes, appearing well before other flowers.

Tips and Warnings

After blooming, let the foliage die naturally so that the plant stores food for the next season. Do not cut off the leaves Do not eat any parts of a crocus. Though one variety is grown for saffron, the other crocuses are poisonous.

Things You'll Need

Crocus bulbs or corms

About this Author

Phyllis Benson is a professional writer and creative artist. Her 25-year background includes work as an editor, syndicated reporter and feature writer for publications including "Journal Plus," "McClatchy Newspapers" and "Sacramento Union." Benson earned her Bachelor of Science degree at California Polytechnic University.

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