Crocuses are one of the first flowers to come up and bloom in early spring. All the dull gray and brown hues of winter seem to disappear into the background as the bright purple and yellow flowers appear. In some areas, crocuses manage to come right through the end of seasonal snow. Although you may think that crocuses grow from bulbs, they actually grow from corms, which is a bulb-like stem.
Break up the soil where you will be planting your crocuses. Mix in compost and bulb fertilizer from your local garden center. After working the soil with your shovel, even it out with a rake. This will give your crocuses a nutritious start.
Push each corm into the soil at a depth of approximately 2 inches from the top of the stem. Your soil should be soft from working it with the shovel and rake. If you are planting crocuses without preparing the soil, you will need to dig a hole with a trowel. Gently, cover the corm and hole with soft soil.
Water over the area where you planted the crocus corms, if it is extremely dry. Most likely, it will not be if you worked compost into the soil. Fall and winter rains and snow will supply the plant with all the additional water it needs.
Plant the crocus corms individually or in groups. The distance between groups of crocuses is up to you and the landscape effect you want. However, be aware that they multiply quickly, so if they seem overcrowded in a year or two, you can dig up some of the corms and plant them elsewhere.
Protect your crocus plants from squirrels and rabbits, if you have them in your area. These animals find crocus corms to be a special treat. You may make a wire cage out of chicken wire to lay over the crocus area. You may, instead, pour a small layer of decorative gravel over the area after planting. Crushed oyster shells will work, as well.