How to Plant Crocus Bulbs


Crocuses are among the very first flowers to arrive in the spring. Their purple, yellow and white blooms often poke through the snow in the first part of the year, becoming a welcome sight for those tired of winter. Crocus bulbs are very easy to plant and grow. Sown in the fall, they need only a small hole for the bulb with rich soil, and they will almost invariably show up in a handsome display the next spring.

Step 1

Purchase your crocus bulbs when they appear in your local garden center. These centers will put spring flowering bulbs out as soon as they are safe to plant, so buy them early for the best variety. This will generally happen about two months before your first frost date.

Step 2

Pick a sunny location for your crocus flowers, with good drainage and no large trees. A large expanse of your front yard is a good place to plant them.

Step 3

Scatter the bulbs over the grass randomly, not placing them in any particular place or order. If you find that you are putting them in too neatly, try standing in the middle of the yard and gently tossing handfuls of them over your shoulder.

Step 4

Dig a hole 6 inches deep and about 3 inches across where each crocus bulb has landed. Fill the hole with a good shovelful of compost about 4 inches deep.

Step 5

Plant the bulb in this compost, making sure that the bulb is just slightly less than twice its height in depth from the surface. Cover with compost and soil, patting down the soil firmly, and water until the the soil won't absorb any more.

Step 6

Continue in this manner until all bulbs have been planted. The grass will cover your bulb holes and disguise where you have planted before the end of the fall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't skimp on crocus bulbs as they look much better in clumpy bunches and irregular groups rather than small beds or rows.

Things You'll Need

  • Crocus bulbs
  • Spade or trowel
  • Compost


  • National Gardening Association spring flowering bulbs
  • Farmers Almanac frost date map
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About this Author

Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written numerous articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including Endless Sunday.